Pirate FM News

Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.

Fowey Women Explains Why she is Voting Against Women Bishops

news-logo.jpg
Delicious Submit this page to reddit

7:03am 20th November 2012

A Fowey woman has told Pirate FM why she will be voting against women Bishops.

Susie Leafe is part of the General Synod, holding its biggest vote in twenty years on Tuesday.

She said: "It's a family, it's the family of God and the bible teaches quite clearly that within a family and the church the main responsibility should lie with men. Therefore I would be looking for male leadership in the church.

"I want to be a woman. I don't want to have to be a man in order to be seen to be equal. I think within the church and the family I think it's really important we have female roles. I have a role of leadership in my church."

The incoming Archbishop of Canterbury is preparing to throw his support behind the ordination of women bishops to help bring an end to an issue which has deeply divided the Church of England for decades.

The Bishop of Durham, the Right Reverend Justin Welby, will later call for "unity" in an address to the General Synod as it prepares to vote.

He was given prolonged applause as he was introduced to the Synod on Monday as their next Church leader.

On Tuesday, he will tell members he is "deeply committed" to the ordination of women to the episcopate.

The vote has been billed as the biggest decision the Synod has taken in the 20 years since it first backed the introduction of women priests.

The legislation needs a two-thirds majority in all three houses of the General Synod - of bishops, clergy and laity - in order to gain final approval.

Most believe it will clear the houses of bishops and clergy but the vote among lay members is likely to be very close.

A vote against would not only be a blow to the incoming Archbishop of Canterbury. The outgoing Archbishop, Dr Rowan Williams, also staked his authority on a Yes vote in a campaign launched last month.

Dr Williams warned that a failure to approve women bishops could be embarrassing for the Church and lead to "a period of continued and perhaps intensified internal conflict".

The vote comes after years of tortuous negotiations within the Church of England over how to introduce female bishops in the face of protests from traditionalists.

The first women priests were ordained in 1994 and the Church gave its backing to the principle of women bishops in 2005.

The legislation has now received the backing of 42 out of the 44 Church of England dioceses.

Around a third of Church of England clergy are women and just under half of those training for ordination are female.

Some church members gathered for a late night vigil at Westminster Abbey on Monday, ahead of the debate and vote.

It was a chance for both sides to come together in prayer - but away from the quiet reflection, the arguments are well rehearsed.

For some Anglo-Catholics and conservative evangelists the prospect of women bishops is an abomination.

They reject the compromise deal, where a woman bishop, acting according to a code of practice, would delegate to a stand-in male bishop to minister to objector parishes.

Even for some pro-women campaigners, that compromise is seen as a fudge that undermines their legitimacy.

The issue is more nuanced than simply one of equality, but the feelings on both sides run deep.

A final vote on approval for the legislation was postponed in July, with the Church of England bishops asked to reconsider a last-minute amendment amid protests from pro-women campaigners.

The amendment has been rewritten and the debate is likely to centre on whether this is acceptable.

If the legislation clears the final hurdle it will go for approval in Parliament before receiving royal assent, paving the way for the first female bishops in 2014.

If the legislation is rejected it may be up to seven years before it can be properly debated and voted on again.

7:03am 20th November 2012

Share This Story

Delicious Submit this page to reddit
Suggested articles
christmas angel

WATCH: Bishop's Plea To Cornwall This Christmas

Duchy urged to have hope and reach out to those in need

red arrows

WATCH: Calls To Bring The Red Arrows Back To Fowey

Locals are being asked to help fund the display in a new campaign

Most read
police line

UPDATE: Woman Dies After A30 Crash

A toddler suffered minor injuries after the collision involving a tractor

Darren Rhys Witcombe.

PHOTOS: Newquay Human Remains Identified

The discovery was made at Tregurrian last year

Top articles

PHOTOS: Newquay Human Remains Identified

Cornwall News: The discovery was made at Tregurrian last year

Pirate FM Cornwall News Update - 7th January 2016

Cornwall Video News: Officials say they’re holding talks to find new jobs for hundreds of workers in Bodmin.

Author Helen Bailey 'wanted space', murder accused told police

National News: The fiance of a children's author found dead in a human sewage tank underneath her home told police she had spoken of "wanting space", a court has heard.

Business Cornwall News - Friday, 18th December 2015

Business Cornwall News: Cornwall is spearheading reform of the Uk’s business licensing laws following a a year-long project.

Jamiroquai tease comeback with sample of first album in seven years

Showbiz News: Jamiroquai have announced their comeback "to a planet near you", teasing fans with the release of their first new music in seven years.

Stroomstoring blackout hits Amsterdam rush-hour

World News: A major power failure brought trams, trains and websites to a halt across Amsterdam and nearby towns.

Andy Murray makes winning start at Australian Open

Sports News: World number one Andy Murray kicked off his Australian Open campaign with a hard-fought straight-sets victory against Illya Marchenko on Monday.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy swallowed 8in-long knife

Strange News: A puppy called Macie was "extremely lucky to survive" after swallowing an 8-inch (20cm) long kitchen knife, according to experts.

Newer article

Incinerator Report

Cornwall News: Independent research claims alternatives to the St Dennis waste burner could save £320 million

Older article

Domestic Violence Call Outs at 25,000 a Year

Cornwall News: St Austell woman tells how it had become "normal" in her family

Cornwall's Pirate FMPirate Extra Footer LogoEscape to Cornwall radioLoveCornwall.com - The Cornish Business DirectoryPirate Education and Training

 

© Copyright Pirate FM

Pirate FM cannot be held responsible for the content of external links.