The more I read about the actions of the current Archbishop Of Canterbury, the more I dislike him.
The latest news has him telling OUR Presiding Bishop that she may not wear her mitre, the hat which is a symbol of the episcopate, when she preached in England. His order was made based on the premise that the C of E has yet to start consecrating women as bishops. Um, last time I looked, ++ Katharine is the AMERICAN primate! Americans * do* ordain women to the episcopate & she was duly & fairly elected as our primate.
Perhaps the ” official” reason why Rowan made this unreasonable demand is a reaction to TEC’s consecration of a woman as bishop who just happens to live in a committed lesbian relationship? Or perhaps the animosity goes much deeper than that…way back into the ages-old arguement concerning womens’ ordination? I tend to lean towards the latter.
Furthermore, we Anglicans are NOT under the Roman See or any other see. Rowan is acting like the Anglican version of a Pope and this is unacceptable. It is fine if the Church Of England wants to keep the episcopate closed to women but Rowan needs to have enough humility to respect the fact that we Episcopalians do have several women who serve as bishops AND have one such woman as our Presiding Bishop.
It has been reported that ++ Katharine carried her mitre…she didn’t wear it but she carried it in procession. My feelings on this are mixed. On the one hand, it is good that she insisted on making her mitre visible . On the other hand, as a feminist I am outraged at the fact that she didn’t wear the mitre in protest anyhow…after all the Archbishop of Canterbury hath no jurisdiction in the US”