Thursday, December 13, 2012

David Cameron's Desire To See The Church Of England Ordain Women Bishops

I shall take seriously the Prime Minister's stated desire to see the Church Of England ordain women bishops, which is just what a desire to see women being enabled to hold its highest clerical offices really means, when he calls for the Bullingdon Club to admit females.

I do not ever recall any other Prime Minister making their personal views upon a matter of church governance so public. To my mind, his statements can only be interpreted as attempts to browbeat the church round to his way of thinking. This seems a rather shabby way to treat the C of E, a course of action intended to try to get those who believe, rightly or wrongly, that they are motivated by the Holy Spirit to do what you want.

That would be a very arrogant, prideful course, for he would be attempting to push his own views on to a group of people who adhere to an established church, not a state-controlled one. I hope he understands the difference.

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