|High Mass at St Hilda's, Prestwich, Manchester|
Now, there are some who think and believe differently. That's fine. I don't suppose the bishop thinks he has "difficulties". In fact, he thinks the Holy Spirit has this marked out as a priority. No, what the bishop is alluding to is that we can't accept this innovation as being valid with either scripture or tradition. Therefore, unless proper provision is given to traditionalists, any "respect" will be worthless. No priest who believes in the doctrine of St Vincent of Lerins, that of "Quod ubique, quod semper, quod ab omnibus" - i.e. everywhere, always and by all, can give an oath of canonical obedience to a female prelate.
A group calling themselves Affirming Catholicism thinks it is perfectly OK to swear such an oath even with gritted teeth, just so the priest can be left to his own devices at other times. This group seems to affirm much but not catholicism.
We are not asking for anything other than our own integrity to be valued and respected. Just as we should honour and respect those we disagree with. It is our baptism that unites us, that Unites all Christians. So I say to the Bishop of Worcester. No difficulties unless you want to place hurdles and hoops in the way of respect of integrity.