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.