ANGLICANS: WILLIAMS, WOMEN BISHOPS “A PROBLEM” FOR DIALOGUE WITH CATHOLICS (2)
Actually, the quorum of the two thirds that would be required for each one of the three Houses, bishops, pastors and lay, seems to be impossible to achieve. It is expected that lots of them will vote against, endangering the approval of women bishops, a last-minute arrangement that the bishops have devised in order to meet the needs of the parishes that are against women bishops: according to such arrangement, women bishops may ask to be supported by a male bishop, who must have never ordained any woman and must not believe in their ministry either. This is an inacceptable solution for the supporters of women bishops, who would therefore vote against it, because the law would force a woman bishop to hand in her authority to a man. A way out that would avoid the veto on the law would be the approval of a revision, which would refer the rules to the bishops, for them to remove or change the amendment that has been devised for those devotees who are against the ordination of women.