Saturday, December 01, 2007

Change by judicial slight of hand

[] 1 Dec 2007--In 2004, the General Synod of The Anglican Church of Australia, meeting in Fremantle, attempted for the second time to make a canon authorizing the consecration of women in priest’s orders as bishops of the Australian Anglican church. The first attempt had failed as the members of the synod were divided. There were those who opposed women being made bishops. There were those who considered the provisions in the proposed canon aimed at protecting minorities were inadequate. There were those who supported the notion of women being made bishops but who objected to the protective provisions. The second attempt also failed. The debate was not pleasant. There were emotional scenes outside the synod hall. But nobody in the debate suggested that a canon to authorize women being made bishops was not needed to remove the restrictions inherited from the Church of England in England.

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