Teed off with 'Em All
Cockburn, Lyn, Herizons
I've had it with wussy religious leaders. Take, for example, the Pope, who recently tried to convince the European Union that its proposed constitution should make specific reference to Christianity, upon which, said Jean Paul, Europe was founded.
That's okay as far as it goes, but did he go the extra mile to insist that the many Muslims in the 425 separate nations of the former Yugoslavia would have to convert? No, he did not. Did he chastise the Jews of Europe (something the Catholic Church has been wont to do quite regularly in the past)? He did not. Did he even suggest that if Turkey wants entry into the European Union it would have to become a Christian country? He did not.
You're a wimp, JP.
Now we have the new archbishop of Canterbury opining that the Church of England may have to establish a separate section for those who object to the concept of women becoming bishops.
What all this really means is that the Most Rev. Rowan Williams, formerly the archbishop of Wales, who officially became the archbish of Canterbury on December 2, 2002, is Most Timid.
Evidently until now, all the C of E has done to mollify those in opposition to women priests (at least the Pope is adamant on that one) is create `flying bishops' to oversee parishes which insist on men only at the altar.
Good, but not good enough.
Rowan, who defines himself as progressive, who says he's all in favour of women becoming priests and bishops, thinks it might be a jolly idea to create a `third province' within the church (the other two being Canterbury and York) for those who don't want women bishes. It's sort of like Quebec separatists wanting to secede except that they want their own country, not another province since Quebec's already another province.
But never mind, what we're really discussing here is religious leaders in general and the Anglican Church in Britain (I point this out because the Anglican Church in Canada and in any number of other countries have long allowed female bishes) in particular. …