One veteran campaigner for women bishops warned that defeat by a small minority unhappy with concessions would spark “huge anger” among the rank and file.And that's why 'respect' is such a fragile thing on which to base the provision for traditionalists. From where we sit, the narrative has actually been quite biblical in the wrong sense: even what we have will be taken away.
“Too much attention has gone to this 'poor, poor beleaguered minority’,” she said. “They have been pushing this but they are like a spoilt child: the more you give them, the more they want.”
Perhaps it is time for the whole Church of England to put the thing on hold - in fact a motion to that effect at General Synod might not be a bad idea. Then there could be some repentance, some re-thinking and an example for the world to follow.
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