There are good men in the House of Bishops
There are some good men in the House of Bishops.
There, I said it.
With the decision of the House of Bishops to amend the draft legislation for women in the episcopate, all sorts of stuff has been written about this particular bench of bishops. Little of it complimentary.
This is the first of two posts I’m going to make about the proposed Final Approval for women in the episcopate, but before I say what I want to say about that, I want to remind myself and anyone else out there that there are some good blokes in the House of Bishops.
I can’t speak for them all. I don’t know them all. I know some of them to talk to at a fairly conversational level and have spent time learning both formally and informally from their wisdom and the way in which they live their lives. Others I know at more of a distance but still respect hugely.
Amongst others, I have the greatest respect and time for variously Rowan Williams, John Sentamu, Chris Cocksworth, James Langstaff, Steve Croft, Stephen Cottrell, Paul Bayes, Nick Baines, Brian Castle, Michael Perham, Adrian Newman and Alan Wilson. I’m sure others may be able to testify that other
members of the House of Bishops are good blokes too.
For all sorts of reasons, I find my particular list of blokes to be worthy of this list for one or more of these reasons: they are thoughtful men, many are wise men, a good few are mission-minded men, all of them are men of prayer, some of them are eloquent, some of them are savvy operators, a good few are gifted leaders. I look up to them rightly, as bishops, as fathers in God.
Therefore, I think it is ludicrous to assume that those same men become bigoted chauvinistic idiots as soon as you close the doors and ask them to discuss amendments to legislation for women bishops as a House in closed session.
They are trying to do their best to lead us, the entire church, into the future God has for us.
I’m just saying…
That said, I’ll follow this up in a couple of days time, by explaining why I think Synod should reject the amended legislation for women in the episcopate.