The Archbishop of Canterbury and Women Priests

In a week Rowan Williams will pay his first official visit to Pope Benedict.  Just a few days ago the Archbishop of Canterbury gave a long convoluted interview to the (conservative) Catholic Herald.  Among other things, he speculated that some day in the future the Church of England might have to revisit its decision to ordain women to the priesthood.  Has the Archbishop changed his mind or is this a way to cozy up to Rome? 



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    SUZANNE Says:

    They’ll have to revisit the decision if they want union with Rome. It won’t happen any other way.

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    Paul Geraghty Says:

    What an arrogant response Suzanne.

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    Neil McKenty Says:


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    SUZANNE Says:

    It’s not arrogant if it’s true. The Church will not change its stances on male-only ordination. The Catholic Church and the Anglican Church do want re-unification, and ordination of women is a dealbreaker. Other churches have their « dealbreakers » too for reunification. But given that the Anglican practice is still relatively new, there may be time to go back.

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    Paul Geraghty Says:

    Suzanne – it is also not true if it is arrogant. I apologise, however, for my rather impolite entry. Nonetheless it expresses a deeply felt frustration that the church I have belonged to all my life and which I have loved seems to me of late to have reverted to an arrogance that I had hoped Good Pope John had banished. It seems to be once again unable or unwilling to enter into any form of listening to the experience of people who are sincerely struggling with difficult issues in their lives in the context of their love of Christ. The truth I see in Jesus certainly challenges us to be better than we often settle for but it challenges us out of love and not power. It is ironic that the people Jesus had most difficulty with were the religious people who « knew » what God wanted.

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