[…] ‘My take on yesterday’s vote is this. The Holy Spirit is guiding the Church of England into adulthood, to maturity as the Body of Christ. Yesterday she [sic] said, once again, Grow Up! It is time to welcome women into the episcopate. I call you friends, adult friends….

I, of course, have a personal interest in this. I am in favour of the inclusion of women at every level of church ministry. One day General Synod will be asked to vote on the place of LGBT people in the Church of England in respect of Civil Partnerships and the ordination of those with partners. It will need a very mature, emotionally confident group of people on Synod to achieve a positive, pro-gay vote.

Yesterday’s vote has laid another foundation stone. I believe members of Synod, Archbishops, bishops, priests and laity, will digest what has happened. Some will continue to feel hurt and in their inner world, feel marginalized or rejected. Others will reflect and adjust to the apparently new environment in which they find themselves. If we are not able to grow and change we will remain a church addicted to immature emotional attachments, to the idealised past and to the tyranny of the child which lurks in each of us.’

Read Changing Attitude here [Please note that not all individuals who are committed to the women bishop agenda are pushing the LGBT rights agenda as well, but it is important to see where the two overlap. For many, the above is instructive —  and deeply concerning — writing on the wall in terms of what awaits those unable to support what will likely be the next major challenge — the embedding and promoting of the  LGBT rights agenda within the CoE.]

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