Friday, July 16, 2010

You've Got To Be Freaking Kidding Me

Church of England bishops 'will be allowed to become nuns', according to Synod source


I reproduced that directly from Damian Thompson just in case folks might think I was misquoting or exaggerating.

And yes, the report is about exactly that:

I thought this was a spoof at first, but it seems not: a General Synod working party is exploring whether the Church of England’s male bishops can join religious orders previously reserved for women. In other words, become Anglican nuns.

As usual, the Synod’s topsy-turvy ecclesiology is a mystery to me, but I gather that the idea is that bishops would be entitled to take vows in orders of nuns so that they can provide special episcopal oversight to the sisters. It’s a typically ingenious Anglican response to the forthcoming ordination of women bishops. “There will be jokes about bishops in wimples, but having bishop-nuns would introduce a degree of mutual cooperation that could make the introduction of women bishops much smoother,” says my Synod source.

Does Rowan even know about this? Talk about kicking a guy when he's down. He's had a whole shovelful of poop fed to him over this women bishop nonsense. Now, he's going to be looking at bishops becoming nuns. Just when you think things couldn't get any wackier for the Anglicans, they push the envelope just a little bit farther into the realm of utter ecclesiastical insanity.

Holy smokes. What would Henry VIII think?

1 comment:

Mark of the Vineyard said...

Just when you thought it couldn't get any weirder... Perhaps the dog bishops aren't that far off after all!!?