The recent decision of the Church of England not to admit women as bishops is a moment of clarity. It is a lifting of a veil, an opportunity to see things as they really are, suggests Dr Fran Porter. For what has been – and continues to be – at the heart of the disagreement, is the Church of England’s attitude to women. And not just to its own female members, but to all women.
The Christian message is at heart about reconciliation. But the church which is supposed to proclaim and live that message has often failed to do so in its own life and example, sometimes spectacularly.
Over a thousand clergy of the Church of England signed an open letter to The Independent newspaper on Sunday 18 November 2012, urging the General Synod to vote in favour of women bishops in the debate and ballot today (20 November).