The (Anglican) Church of England passed a resolution on Monday which would allow women to become bishops. In the year 2015.
Guess who doesn’t like this attempt at equality?
The Vatican said Tuesday it regrets the decision by the Church of England’s governing body to allow the ordination of women as bishops.
The move by the Anglican Church’s General Synod “is a rift to the apostolic tradition” of ordaining only men as bishops, the Vatican said in a statement, and is another obstacle to reconciliation between Anglicans and Roman Catholics.
Some traditionalists have threatened to abandon the Anglican Church for the Roman Catholic Church if women become bishops. Several hundred Anglican priests made that move when women were first ordained 16 years ago.
It was only about a month ago when the Vatican made the punishments for this action clear:
The Vatican’s doctrinal congregation has decreed formally that a woman who attempts to be ordained a Catholic priest and the person attempting to ordain her are automatically excommunicated.
Amazing what gets the Church worked up, right?
As submitter Jason notes:
This story from May is the one that finally pushed my wife (a somewhat still practicing catholic) to finally stop attending completely. As she put it, “How can they issue what is essentially a spiritual death sentence to women for wanting to serve the church while protecting pedophile priests?” Apparently it’s a worse crime to them to be a woman in authority than a man who rapes children. And of course now they (the Vatican) are blaming the Anglicans for future difficulties because they choose not to remain quite so bigoted.
How so many people take the Vatican seriously baffles me everytime a story like this comes up…
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