Evan­gel­i­cal bish­ops

The Church of England - - Letters -

Sir, May I re­ply to Lee Gatiss on the mat­ter of “con­ser­va­tive evan­gel­i­cal” bish­ops, as one who in his 90s has been in the evan­gel­i­cal tra­di­tion all his life, and has served in the Angli­can tra­di­tion on a world­wide ba­sis. Un­less a bishop is will­ing to or­dain women priests and fully serve parishes with women priests he should not be a bishop of a dio­cese. “Con­ser­va­tive Evan­gel­i­cals” must be given free­dom to ex­er­cise their wor­ship and mis­sion as they be­lieve led by God. But they need to recog­nise that for 70 years now God has been leading the Angli­can tra­di­tion to in­clude women in full or­dained min­istry. And has, be­yond doubt, been bless­ing their min­istry. The Church of Eng­land is now com­mit­ted to that con­vic­tion. The Rev Canon Colin Cras­ton, Hor­wich, Bolton

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