In a huge positive move by an organised religion, the Church of England, also known as the Anglican Church, has voted to ordain women bishops.
Mary with Jesus Christ and Angels . . .
I don’t have much interest in organised religions because they do not permit free thought. As a result, almost all organised religions still exhibit mediæval characteristics that are totally out of tune with the 21st century. It is very rare that a religion reforms itself for the better. The Church of England has just done that.
As expected, the Church of England had to overcome stiff opposition from within before taking this huge step forward. It must have been a difficult time for the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, as many Anglicans feared a split in the Church as deep divisions exist on this issue. But it is a progressive move that Dr. Williams can be proud of. A proposal to have “super bishops” for objectors to women bishops was also rejected. I am terribly disappointed that the Vatican has expressed “regret” over this progressive move by the Church of England.
Organised religions do not appeal to me because they do not treat women as equals. I would never associate myself with something that treats one half of the human population as inferior beings. I cannot understand why organised religions do not allow women priests. Even religions whose followers worship Goddesses do not allow women priests.
It is not too late for religions to reform themselves. The Church of England has shown the way forward and I hope other religions take a leaf out of the Anglican Church’s book and treat women as equals for their own good!