by Donata Huggins, Telegraph

There is something fabulously ironic about the secular, liberal elite telling the Church how to behave. The papers will no doubt be filled with concern for me today. How will I cope – as a Christian feminist – on Sunday morning? Should I stop going to church in protest? Burn my bra at the altar, instead of reading the intercessory prayers?
While I appreciate the thoughtful anguish, none of it appeals. I will happily carry on as normal. I’m not in the grip of a crisis. As a Christian, even a feminist one, who would like to see the ordination of female bishops, I’m not swayed by arguments about “being in touch” or public perception. It feels too much like Westminster politics.
Tim Montgomerie, the editor of ConservativeHome, recently wrote an article for the Times (£) advising the new Archbishop to ditch the robes and sell his palace. It was interesting and well argued, but read too much like the (often excellent) advice Mr Montgomerie gives David Cameron. The Archbishop of Canterbury isn’t running for office – and he shouldn’t behave as if he is. I’d like the General Synod to make decisions that unify and edify the Church (as much as possible), even when I disagree with its call.
And it’s easy to see how members of the Laity could have thought the measure failed to do that. They weren’t asked if they generally support female bishops or not. The houses voted on a specific piece of legislation: one that required the Church to provide separate male bishops to oversee congregations within dioceses that were uncomfortable with the idea of a female bishop.
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