A writer said the Church of England just committed suicide. That could well be.
Church organizations can quote scripture and talk of God’s intentions. But when the result is out and out discrimination, they can kiss goodbye to being a force in society. That’s what happened to the Church of England.
At a recent conference the Church voted by a narrow margin to exclude women from the post of Bishop. They have been priests for at least a couple of decades.
We know, of course, similar policies have been in place in the Catholic and many denominations of Protestant churches since they began. The view that women are equal to men in all aspects of management and governing of affairs have been gaining strength for hundreds of years.
The only reason men gained the upper hand was the invention of Christianity and its fellow travelors. Before then, women ran things.
Thus, the return to at least an equal status is a return to what I call a natural reality. Male domination is an aberration in the human experience.
Certain threads of Christianity have adapted to other things as times changed. I grew up in a temporance branch. When I eventually encountered Catholics, I was impressed at how tolerant, to the point of embracing, moderate use of alcohol.
Now, something else has come along. At this point in time Catholics and the Church of England have encountered a turn in the road they are unable to navigate.