The Church of England's General Synod voted this week to allow women to be bishops. I'm intrigued with the outcry against the vote. Is not the English monarch, the Defender of the Faith, a woman? But (sigh) I'm being too logical. I've forgotten that hierarchies rooted in Rome are suffused with misogyny and sexism. Plus, many Anglicans consider themselves Anglo-Catholics; they fear the move will nix a hoped for reconciliation between the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches. Once again there is talk of a schism within the Anglican communion.
Given the byzantine process by which the Synod's vote is to be ratified by various bodies, the very earliest a woman could be consecrated bishop is December 2014.
In the meantime, how many children could be fed, housed and educated with the funds and energy that will be focused on overturning the vote?