Members of Parliament are warning the Church of England that if they do not take a positive step towards including women in Church then their position would be undermined. The decision is yet to be taken regarding the matter.
MPs WARNED the Church of England on Tuesday that it will face battle in the Parliament and legal problems if it failed to include women bishops. They also added that special privileges and its position will come under the scanner if the Church of England or the General Synod rejected the plan.
As was reported by telegraph.co.uk.in, the Synod will vote whether or not they want women bishops in the episcopacy in a special London session. The movement is strongly supported by majority from the church but the decision is still described as “knife-edge” because of the need to secure two thirds support in all three of its branches - bishops, clergy and laity.
The outgoing Bishop, Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams is looking for the approval of the decision as his legacy towards change and growth and in the same lines his successor Justin Welby, the Bishop of Durham would also make a strong and a passionate appeal to support the motion.
The traditionalists Anglo-Catholic and conservative evangelical strands of the Church is not too keen for the process and might change the course of events if they decide to keep their theological beliefs of keeping the women out of the church by voting for a male Bishop. The MPs' who have to give their consent on the matter have warned that if the motion fails then the position of the Church of England will be undermined. Chris Bryant, the Labour MP and a former Anglican priest said, “If the legislation leans too far towards the traditionalist that won’t please the Commons and the legislation would have trouble.”