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Church Wars Rage In United Kingdom

The war over the right of women to become bishops in the Church of England took a new direction when traditionalists warned they might leave the church and seek refuge in the Catholic Church. The Vatican expressed its “regret” over the Church of England decision to allow women to become bishops. The Church of England’s Bishop of Ebbsfleet, Andrew Burnham, who administers to parishes which refuse to go along with the policy of sanctioning the presence of female bishops, asked Pope Benedict XVI for a “magnanimous gesture” which might allow Church of England members to become de facto Catholics.

The Pontifical Council for Christian Unity insisted the idea of women bishops is a “step backward” for the reconciliation of faiths since it breaks with the “apostolic tradition maintained by all churches from the first millenium.”

We are in the year 2008 where the role of women in society has made dramatic changes for the better. A majority of members of the Church of England seek to move forward and not return to earlier days of prejudice against women. It certainly is a matter of debate how Christ would view this issue.

Church Of England Heads For Split

The Church of England is headed for an historic split as conservatives reacted with angry over the decision to allow women to become bishops in the church. The General Synod supported the right of women to become bishops and rejected proposals put forth by conservatives for the creation of “super bishops” who would be given power to oversee parishes that did not want to allow females as bishops. The 468 member body rejected any compromise on the central issue that women should be allowed to become a bishop in the church. Opponents like the Bishop of Winchester, Michael Scott-Joynt, derided the rejection as “mean spirited” and short sighted. Stephen Venner, Bishop of Dover, expressed his anger at failure of the majority to recognize the feelings of the minority.

There is scant doubt the Church of England will split and traditionalists who are strong in Africa and Asia will lead the way towards creation of a more conservative Church of England. Church conservatives are also upset at the growing acceptance of gays and lesbians in church roles.