VIC BAR­LOW TAKES AN AL­TER­NA­TIVE LOOK AT LIFE IN MACCLESFIELD Or­di­na­tion of Eng­land’s first fe­male bishop has come a cen­tury too late

Macclesfield Express - - BARLOW’S BRIEF -

THE re­cent con­se­cra­tion of the Church of Eng­land’s first fe­male bishop will, I’m sure, ap­pear as a pro­gres­sive step to all those in­volved but to the public at large it demon­strates just how out of touch her church is with mod­ern so­ci­ety.

The Rev Libby Lane’s or­di­na­tion as the eighth Bishop of Stock­port is no­table only for its be­lat­ed­ness.

Thank­fully so­ci­ety has moved on since women were con­sid­ered un­wor­thy of high of­fice.

Male-dom­i­nated in­sti­tu­tions have a very ques­tion­able track record as any­one ac­quainted with pol­i­tics and/or bank­ing will tes­tify.

Most (think­ing) peo­ple are de­lighted to have a woman in charge of their health, wel­fare, bank­ing etc. At least we know they de­serve their po­si­tion.

The Old Boy’s Club worked ex­ceed­ingly well for the old boys but not so good for the rest of us.

Deny­ing women po­si­tions of author­ity is the mind­set of a misog­y­nist fear­ing the com­pe­ti­tion.

The or­di­na­tion of the first fe­male bishop is like the Amish dis­cov­er­ing elec­tric­ity. It’s a cen­tury too late.

If any or­gan­i­sa­tion should be pro­mot­ing equal­ity surely it’s the church? If not what’s the point?

We have am­ple ex­pe­ri­ence of groups re­fus­ing to em­brace that prin­ci­ple and the re­sults are ab­hor­rent.

My very best wishes to Bishop Libby Lane who has much work to do

She has a won­der­ful prod­uct to of­fer but the mar­ket­ing depart­ment is in des­per­ate need of mod­erni­sa­tion.


●● Arch­bishop of York Dr John Sen­tamu and The Rev Libby Lane

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