|David Cameron gives ABC a sharp prod to "get with the programme"|
The Society of the Holy Cross welcomes the vote in General Synod on 20th November not to accept the draft legislation for the ordination of women to the episcopate. At the same time, we are aware that there are many in the church who hoped and prayed that the decision would go the other way and are feeling disappointed and dejected at this time. The debate in General Synod showed our national church at its best, with calm and rational debate on all sides and an opportunity for people of widely differing opinions to have their say. In the same way, we have to respond to the aftermath of the vote by continuing to display genuine Christian charity and concern for those who disagree with us but who nevertheless with us proclaim Jesus as Lord of the Church. Most of us work at local level both with ordained women and those who are their supporters and we continue to refuse to allow our differences to stand in the way of the Church’s task to proclaim the Christian Gospel anew in each generation and to strive together to live the Christian life.
Our prayers are particularly with the out-going Archbishop of Canterbury and with Bishop Justin Welby his successor as they work under intense pressure to keep together a diverse church and to deal with the many other pressing issues which face us at this time.
I don't think the Prime Minister needs to poke and prod so much. How about a bit of dialogue instead of a sharp prod in the vestry?