A Church in Wales bishop, we read [ancientbritonpetros.blogspot], claimed that the ordination of women ‘would rid the world of homophobia, misogyny, brutalisation of women in all situations including those in war zones’. And Monica Furlong, of course, once famously claimed that women’s ordination would reduce the incidence of rape on the M4.
None of this has happened yet.
But the fascination of WO is not with its projected consequences – fanciful or otherwise – but with the collateral damage caused by the wider implications of its underlying attitude to sex, gender and the authority of scripture.
Here is a game you can play at home.
List the following ‘developments’ in the order in which you think they will occur. Seal the list in an envelope and put it is a secure place. Open it twenty years later and look back in anger over the devastation which will have intervened.
- Vatican allows priests to marry.
- Vatican ordains women deacons.
- Church of England allows same sex marriage.
- Vatican permits divorce and remarriage.
- Church of England’s first married gay bishop.
- First married Catholic Bishop.
- First woman Archbishop of Canterbury.
- Vatican agrees to abortion.
- Gender reassignment counselling introduced in all schools.
- Vatican approves gay marriage.