Divisions appeared to widen yesterday between senior Church of England clergy on opposite sides of the debate over the consecration of women bishops, as the issue dominated the agenda at the General Synod.
The Synod has already agreed to the principle of women bishops, but has yet to decide what should be done to appease the 1,300 clergy who are threatening to leave the Anglican Church over the issue. ....
Talks might yet be hampered by claims last night that some bishops have already secretly met advisers to the Pope, relaying their concerns over a “liberal” direction to senior Vatican figures.
So what does the POPE have to do with a Church of England issue?
Traditionalists voiced their objections to a national code of practice
The Rev Angus MacLey of Sevenoaks in Kent said such a code would be "inadequate" and "unworkable" for those who wanted to set themselves apart from women bishops......
The possibility of women bishops had strong backing from male members of the Church attending the synod. Tim Hind of Westbury-sub-Mendip in Somerset called for women to be freed from the "shackles" of legislation.
How much of this is of-a-piece with the anti-gay viewpoint? Is it all based in misogyny and sex-is-icky viewpoint? Although I suspect that a number of the anti-women are gay Anglo-Catholics who really ought to be in Rome.
Just me, I suppose.