Friday, July 23, 2010
Traditionalists lament ‘broken promises’
Ed Beavan reports:
THERE has been further reaction this week to the debate on women bishops at the General Synod in York, which left opponents to women bishops dissatisfied (News, 16 July).
The former Bishop of Richborough, the Rt Revd Edwin Barnes, speaking on BBC Radio 4, said that there was “nothing left” for traditionalists in the Church of England, but he hinted that the Pope’s proposal of an Ordinariate could offer a solution.
“All we have is empty promises, and some of the leaders in the women’s movement have said promises don’t have to be kept, promises are there to be broken; so there’s no trust left at all.
“Coming along with this, of course, has come the Pope’s offer of an Ordinariate, which has been an absolute lifeline, and has given us new hope in a way that nothing else has.”