In section 6 of the Statement of Need for the Diocese of Manchester it says the bishop,
... will be open to the ministry of women at all levels of the church’s life whilst respecting and seeking to hold together those of differing views.The first section of the 1993 Episcopal Ministry Act of Synod states, however, quite plainly:
There will be no discrimination against candidates either for ordination or for appointment to senior office in the Church of England on the grounds of their views about the ordination of women to the priesthood.Of course "the times they are a'changing". Everyone knows that. But they have not changed yet. And the language of the statement of needs is plainly incompatible with the present situation regarding senior appointments in the Church of England.
The question I find myself asking is why it is OK to ignore the rules in this case? What makes this so special? And where else does this allow rules to be broken?
And did anyone on the panel drawing this statement of needs not realize what they were doing? If they didn't they should have. And if they did, well, shame on them.
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