By CLIFFORD F. THIES
A motion to allow female bishops in the (Episcopal) Church of England
failed for lack of a two-thirds majority of the lay representatives to
that institution's governing body. Subsequently, during "Prime
Minister's Hour" in Parliament, David Cameron expressed himself on the
issue. He said the church should "get on with it." In particular, he
felt there is no need for another five years of waiting and a new vote
should be had soon.
The Prime Minister, reflecting Conservative Party thinking, thought
the proper role of the state in church affairs (even an established
church, as is the Church of England) is merely to "prod" the church.
Members of the opposition Labour Party, on the other hand, did not
hesitate to call for legislation to require the church to elevate
female bishops. Also, to suggest that conservative Protestants and
Catholics were, somehow, responsible, for the hesitancy of the Church
of England in this matter.
We, at LR, wonder how it is that the Holy Spirit directs the requisite
majorities among the bishops and clergy of a church in a matter, and a
simple majority but not the requisite two-thirds majority among the