Joshua Morrison over at Generation Young Anglicans asks some questions about ANiC and the Global South’s position on the ordination of women. I have registered at the site, but for some reason can’t log in, so I will have to content myself with responding here, for now.
By accepting the blessing of same-sex unions the Diocese of Niagara has, in their eyes, broken with the scripture and teachings of Jesus and thus should be left. My problem with this argument: At the time when whether to ordain women or not was in dispute many felt this broke canon in the same way. We didn’t split up then, so why now?
The difference is, a clear scriptural argument can be constructed for and against women’s leadership in the church. The same cannot be said for same sex unions. Therefor, the ordination of women is an issue over which orthodox Christians can disagree and still remain in communion with each other.
Furthermore, why has this group unilateraly decided that the unity of the national church is more important than the unity of the Canadian church or our diocese? I’m not saying they’re more or less important, but I’d like to know why that decision was made.
I assume you meant international, not national. Because the Canadian church has abandoned clear Christian teaching, whereas the global church has not, entirely. If you would like to see an example of why we had to do what we did, check out the behaviour of the leaders of the diocese of Niagara, documented here and here.
But here’s what scares me the most. I’ve spent the last hour using every internet research skill I have trying to find even a glimmer of the canons of the Provice of the Southern Cone. I can’t find any. But I did dig through the websites of the dioceses within that Province. Only two of them translated into English, but in those two I looked at the clergy of every parish in Bolivia and Uruguay. There was not a single woman among them, not even a student. This says to me that this conservative branch of the Anglican does not yet ordain women. So what about all of the female priests who may feel they need to break away from the Canadian church, but their male bretheren like the pastors of St. George’s and St. Hilda’s have left to become part of a Province that likely doesn’t recognize their credentials and experience as priests? There hasn’t been any media releases, press conferences on articles that I have found that deal with this issue either.
So my question to the conservatives out there who want to join The Network and its alliance with the Southern Cone: Where are you going to? And why hasn’t anyone asked this yet?
If you had looked at the ANiC website, specifically the information from our conference in Burlington, you would have found the answer to your questions. I think it’s presumptuous of you to assume that the question hasn’t been asked simply because you haven’t been able to find an answer, but never mind that for now. ANiC will ordain women – I know of one woman priest/presbyter (choose your favourite noun) who has already transfered her licence over to Southern Cone. I believe the official position of Southern Cone is that they leave the decision of whether or not to ordain women to the individual diocese.
I will post this answer to the Generations website, if I can ever figure out a way to get my registration to work.