30 September 2007

Stained glass ceiling, busted again

From today's Sydney Morning Herald:
The Anglican Church's highest court has cleared the way for women bishops - but the Archbishop of Sydney, Peter Jensen, will carry on the fight against them.

The Appellate Tribunal, by a 4-3 majority, found there is no constitutional barrier to women becoming bishops in the Australian church. The decision could lead one day to a woman leading the Australian church.

The Church of England, mother church of the world's 77 million Anglicans, voted a year ago to consecrate women bishops.

But the Australian decision to break the stained glass ceiling is likely to exacerbate divisions in church ranks. The national church is considering ways to provide oversight to traditionalists unwilling to accept women bishops.

This will pose a big problem for +Peter Jensen. Will he spend his time trying to hold back the tide of history, or will he push ahead with his radical innovation to allow lay presidency at the Eucharist?

Anyway, I rejoice that another province of the Anglican Communion will soon enjoy the ministry of women bishops.

(Tip of the miter to Thinking Anglicans. The news link came from a commenter.)

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