Skip to comments.The feminist case against women bishops
Posted on 11/21/2012 7:48:43 PM PST by ReformationFan
Men and women are equal but different. I pray the Church of England will respect this.
The question of whether women should become bishops can be boiled down to one word: equality. And it is because I believe in equality that I am against women becoming bishops.
Opponents of women bishops in the Church of England are often dismissed as being incurably dusty and out of date. That in 2012 - 12 years into the third millennium - this issue is being argued about is taken as proof that the Church is hopelessly behind the curve.
But if you listen more carefully to the debate, you will find that opponents of women bishops are asking some very urgently modern questions - how, for instance, can equality ever really allow diversity?
I consider myself to be a radical feminist. It is not the feminism of my grandmother, who was a doctor in the 1930s, nor that of my mother; it is the radical feminism of my generation. But my idea of equality is very different from the conventional, secular version.
Over recent decades we have grown used to seeing equality in terms of the State legislating to protect individual rights. The State, we are told, is there to ensure that everyone is treated in the same way. Individuals are considered equal when they are offered the same job or pay. Quotas are encouraged in our workplaces and universities and when they are fulfilled we are told that "equality" has been achieved.
This "outcome" view of equality is so prevalent that to question it is heresy. That is surely a mistake: 65 years ago, George Orwell recognised that often when the authorities claim that they are acting in the interests of "equality" it is usually little more than a thinly veiled attempt
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Great article. I would say this about my own wife: she is my best friend, and I am thankful to have met her. She has always encouraged me to be the better man, and I came to propose to her because she was the kind of person that both expected and encouraged nothing less than excellence. Life just wouldn’t be complete without her.
On a final note, Happy Thanksgiving, Freepers!
Wow - well written and reasoned and in the spirit of Godly things!
I am a woman and do not admire any woman who thinks she should be a priest, let along a bishop.
I dislike women in the work force. I had a woman as my boss in my early years and I found her overbearing and was scared to death of her.
I miss the years when a woman stayed in the home to care for her children, take care of the house, cook for the family, etc. Unfortunately that will never be reversed.
I have tried as much as has been possible to give my wife the choice of staying home to look after the kids and do what she felt was required of her as mother and wife. Basically though I left the choice to her. At times we have needed her to work and at times she worked because she wanted to work but at least when the kids were at home so was she!
It can be reversed but only when women demand it.
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