Still boggling about Rome’s offer!

The first week after Rome made its generous offer to employ those who cannot accept the ministry of women was marked by amazement. Surely Rome isn’t doing this now? Wrong! Surely the Anglo-Catholics wouldn’t be tempted to jump ship? Wrong! Surely the Roman Catholics don’t want disloyal, disaffected Anglicans? As yet, unknown.

This week, while I’m still boggling at the sheer affrontery of Rome’s offer, I’m also struggling with why, why, why, in an age of post-Christian disaffection with the church, a group of Christians are more concerned with gender than telling people about Jesus.

I hope, I think, I pray, that this ridiculous power play will not bring down the Church of England. However, it does bring the universal church into disrepute, and the name of Christ too. I’d rather we put our energies into spreading the gospel – but part of being in the world seems to me to be the need for credibility of the church within our society. So allowing women through the purple cloth ceiling is important.

For the first time, I’m beginning to wonder if we should let them go and move on.

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  1. James Collett’s avatar

    I think the Church (I mean the Roman Catholic Church) simply wants the different schisms to re-join and become one again. A pretty tall order, admittedly. And the timing of such an offer is odd, I suppose; I thought the offer had been there since ages ago.

    But why does offering a home to disaffected ministers bring the universal church into disrepute? Maybe it does if this gesture is seen in the context of power play politics, which it never struck me as. But then I am not in the thick of it, hearing the buzz and gossip in hallowed halls, so maybe I would not pick up on that.

    Plus, despite my cultivated cynism there is still a little lad inside me who looks up to authority and says, “But they wouldn’t do that, would they?”

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