Category Archives: Gender

Women priests: are liberals being inconsistent?

No, sex and women priests are not the same thing. In the continuing debate over the Bishop of Sheffield, liberals are often accused of saying one thing about women priests and the opposite about same-sex partnerships. I am grateful to … Continue reading

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Are liberals illiberal about women priests?

Exclusive inclusives! Intolerant tolerance! When Philip North announced his withdrawal from the post of Bishop of Sheffield, it was open season for his supporters to accuse liberals of being illiberal. This post is a defence of liberalism, inclusiveness and tolerance.

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Sheffield’s women and Christian sacraments

This is the third of three blog posts responding to the appointment of Philip North, an opponent of women priests, as Bishop of Sheffield. In the first I described Martyn Percy’s argument that the appointment should not proceed as long … Continue reading

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Sheffield’s women and church fudge

This is the second of three blog posts responding to the appointment of Philip North, an opponent of women priests, as Bishop of Sheffield. In the first I described Martyn Percy’s argument that the appointment should not proceed as long … Continue reading

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Sheffield’s women: who should tolerate what?

Outcry all round. Philip North, the suffragan Bishop of Burnley who opposes the ordination of women, is to become the next Bishop of Sheffield. This is the first of three posts on the subject. It is a diocesan post, so … Continue reading

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God’s genitalia

A controversial article in the Daily Telegraph tells us that churches are increasingly referring to God as ‘she’ rather than ‘he’. Does it matter? If so, why? The article responds to the latest of the Westminster Faith Debates, last Wednesday’s … Continue reading

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‘Burnley bishops’ will be different

Widespread horror has greeted the news of the bizarre arrangements for consecrating the new bishop of Burnley. On Wednesday I put up a post describing the arrangements agreed between the candidate, Philip North, who opposes the ordination of women, and … Continue reading

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A woman’s touch and spiritual danger

It gets more and more bizarre. Now that women can be bishops in the Church of England, opponents of women priests – who have existed for 20 years – are finding new hurdles to throw in their way. The Revd … Continue reading

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Change and danger

Once again the Church of England’s General Synod agonises over women bishops. Clearly we aren’t just debating facts and figures. Strong gut feelings abound on both sides. For some the lack of gender equality is not only an injustice which … Continue reading

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Does public opinion matter after all?

This is a response to the Church of England’s House of Bishops reportmaking new proposals for women bishops. I am pleased with its main proposal but I have two points to make. One can wait till later. The other responds … Continue reading

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