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Video: Archbishop Welby talks about the vote to allow female bishops

Video: Archbishop Welby talks about the vote to allow female bishops

The Most Rev. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury appeared on the BBC’s Newsnight program to talk about the Church of England’s decision to ordain women as bishops.

What do you think about his statements?


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Rod Gillis

Interesting if not somewhat predictable interview with Archbishop Welby answering questions on controversy pretty much the way we’ve become accustomed to hearing bishops do so.

He dodged the three attempts by the BBC journalist probing the logical connection between today’s events on women, as Welby described them, and the future implications for same sex marriage including same sex marriage for clergy.

Most interesting is the stretch of interview between the two minute and two and one half minute marks, where Welby states that today’s decision was not so much about culture but is a theological decision. Seems to me that the decision is really about how the church continues to embrace opposing contradictory theologies, one based on gender equality and the other based on patriarchy and sexism. In that sense the decision has more to do with polity than theology per se, and in that sense is very Anglican and very politcal. So women are in when it comes to the episcopate, but not to worry we’re a family that welcomes authoritarian male headship as well. I’m thinking that there are risk factors going forward for passive aggressive behavior, claims about how well folks in the C of E treat each other notwithstanding.

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