A-men onlyChurch of England comes under fire after voting against allowing female bishops.
No women allowed. The recent decision not to ordain female bishops has many asking if the Church of England has become outdated. Women have been permitted in the priesthood for nearly 20 years and already serve as Anglican bishops in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. A push to allow them into the Church of England's leadership failed in a vote, despite support from nearly all of the church’s dioceses and the church’s Archbishop of Canterbury.
Already divided over the issue of homosexuality, members of the Church fear this will only further divide their community. Defenders say ordaining women bishops would go against the Bible and that men and women have to abide by their God given roles. Opponents say the decision will alienate the church from society at a time when declining membership means it must fight to stay relevant.
In this episode of The Stream, we speak to:
Danielle Trumminio @RevDaniBeth
House of Clergy, General Synod, Church of England
Vicar of St. Stephen and St. Paul
What do you think? Has the Church has fallen behind the times? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.