Why women should not be ordained

Via the Editrix:

Episcopal presiding bishop terms individualistic salvation ‘heresy’

The presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church called the evangelical notion that individuals can be right with God a “great Western heresy” that is behind many problems facing the church and the wider society.

Describing a United States church in crisis, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori told delegates to the group’s triennial meeting July 8 in Anaheim, Calif., that the overarching connection to problems facing Episcopalians has to do with “the great Western heresy — that we can be saved as individuals, that any of us alone can be in right relationship with God.”

“It’s caricatured in some quarters by insisting that salvation depends on reciting a specific verbal formula about Jesus,” Jefferts Schori, the first woman to be elected as a primate in the worldwide Anglican Communion three years ago, said. “That individualist focus is a form of idolatry, for it puts me and my words in the place that only God can occupy, at the center of existence, as the ground of being.”

Jefferts Schori said countering individualistic faith was one reason the theme chosen for the meeting was “Ubuntu,” an African word that describes humaneness, caring, sharing and being in harmony with all of creation.

“Ubuntu doesn’t have any ‘I’s in it,” she said. “The ‘I’ only emerges as we connect — and that is really what the word means: I am because we are, and I can only become a whole person in relationship with others. There is no ‘I’ without ‘you,’ and in our context, you and I are known only as we reflect the image of the One who created us.”

Jefferts Schori said “heretical and individualistic understanding” contributes to problems like neglect for the environment and the current worldwide economic recession.

Just a few years ago, I got angry with a traditional Christian of my acquaintance for his blistering criticism of female ordination. I didn’t then have any particular stance on women’s ordination, though I was already a misogynist; it was how harshly he worded it.

The more articles I read about female clergy, the more opposed to women’s ordination I became. The above heresy from someone who was ordained into a church she clearly despises is a perfect illustration of why.

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3 Responses to “Why women should not be ordained”

  1. silly girl Says:

    My problem with female ordination is that when there are no spaces reserved for men, the men won't participate. They will sit back and relax and let someone else do it. Same in families. I mean hell, if my husband wanted to work all day, then come home and insist on doing all the housework, kid care, bill paying, yard work, etc., I would be a fool to object.

  2. silly girl Says:

    My problem with female ordination is that when there are no spaces reserved for men, the men won't participate. They will sit back and relax and let someone else do it. Same in families. I mean hell, if my husband wanted to work all day, then come home and insist on doing all the housework, kid care, bill paying, yard work, etc., I would be a fool to object.

  3. silly girl Says:

    My problem with female ordination is that when there are no spaces reserved for men, the men won't participate. They will sit back and relax and let someone else do it. Same in families. I mean hell, if my husband wanted to work all day, then come home and insist on doing all the housework, kid care, bill paying, yard work, etc., I would be a fool to object.

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