Archbishop Beach on Ordination

Over at a certain site, Archbishop Beach is asked about women’s ordination:

VOL: On the issue of women’s ordination, I gather you are opposed to it. Therefore will you continue the “period of reception” we are now in or demand a moratorium or bring the issue up for discussion and voting in a future ACNA House of Bishops conference? 

ABP BEACH: Let me answer this from three different aspects. First, from the College of Bishops perspective, it would be wrong for me to usurp or undermine a process which all of us have agreed to follow. We have a study underway which has all voices a part of the discussion. When this study is completed, it will be presented to the GAFCON theological Committee for their input, and sent back to the College. At that time, the College will discuss, pray, and decide what is best for good order in the Church on this issue. Second, from a personal perspective, yes, you are correct – I do not ordain women to the priesthood. But I came into the ACNA knowing that other dioceses do ordain women. But now I am in a new position; I am the Archbishop of all the clergy in the church – including the women clergy. I will treat them with respect and honor, and I hope they will do the same with me – even though we are in different places on this issue. We are Christians, and people should be able to see how we love one another, even though we disagree on this issue. Third, this presenting issue is going to be with us for a while as the Anglican Communion and even our GAFCON brothers and sisters hold different positions.

2 thoughts on “Archbishop Beach on Ordination”

  1. It seems the ACNA will ordain a “ham sandwich” these days. There is certainly a wide and widening range of ecclesiastical and theological experience among those being recruited and selected for ordination. I wonder about the future of the denomination in this regard. Cranmer, Latimer, and Ridley would have a hard time understanding this phenomenon.

    1. I think the denomination is in deep trouble, but that just might be my thinking. I’m personally tired of its failings in terms of Biblical theology and also cozying up to a Rwandan church that is silent in the face of evil.

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