Bp. John Rodgers – A Case for an All-male Priesthood

A Serious Argument Against the Ordination of Women to the Priesthood and Episcopate
A Case for the Male-Only Priesthood

VOL: Recently the House of Bishops of the Anglican Church in North America met in Melbourne, Florida. In their communique on Women’s Orders they concluded that they could not reach agreement, and asked for continued prayer that through hearts and minds real change might emerge. They said they were mindful of the implications for their global Anglican and ecumenical partners. Archbishop Foley Beach has appointed a working group to help design the specific ways their conversations can continue. We believe that the primary source material work done on this issue was written by Bishop John Rodgers in 2011. When this story was posted it received, in time, over 17,000 hits, indicating how serious an issue this was then and continues to be now. We have decided to repost it in order to bring clarification to the issue and perhaps move the ACNA bishops forward.

David W. Virtue, DD
January 21, 2018

By The Rt. Rev. John Rodgers
June 6, 2011

God, being a God of order and being all-wise, good, and gracious, has ordered all things in creation for our good. This order in the creation he has retained and renewed in redemption. As part of this good order God has appointed the man to be the head of the family and to be the elder (presbyter) or priest in the wider family of the Church.

God’s good order does not envision nor permit women to exercise the ministry of “headship” in the family, nor the ministry of oversight involved in the offices of the priesthood and episcopate as they are understood and practiced by Anglicans. This is in no way detrimental to women for God has an equally significant, different, and complementary ministry for women in the family and in the Church. This godly order is to be enjoyed and respected. When men and women are thus united in partnership we walk in the path of freedom and fulfillment. Other paths may seem attractive and promise much but in the end they prove deceptive and full of contention.

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A Prayer from Gregory of Nazianzus (4th Century)

O God, by whose command the order of time runs its course: Forgive, we pray thee, the impatience of our hearts; make perfect that which is lacking in our faith; and, while we tarry the fulfillment of thy promises, grant us to have a good hope because of thy word; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Gerald McDermott on Christ the King Sunday

Yesterday was Christ the King Sunday.  Here is a reflection on what that means.

Among other things, it means that one day King (which is what “Christ” means, the “anointed one” from a land where typically only kings were anointed) Jesus will renew all of this world and restore Israel to its center.

New Resource from Father Paul

Last year the Lord raised an(other) issue for us that I never would have anticipated writing about: the Bible passage that requires men to pray with heads uncovered and women with heads covered. I know, I know, “We don’t have to do that anymore.” But does the passage itself give us that “out,” or is that our secularist culture talking?

As I studied and taught about the passage, I discovered that 1 Corinthians 11 offers insight into what it means to be Christian men and women, insights our culture is sorely lacking. The passage also gives us perspective on the matter of women in ministry. These are challenging issues for an American culture in which even many Christians have abandoned the ancient and scriptural practices and understandings that keep families and churches grounded in the truth.

The matter of head covering is not an Anglo-catholic or Roman Catholic issue. It is not a matter of personal preference or devotion. It is a matter of obedience to the Word of God and submission to our right callings in grace. I cringed when the issue first came up in my heart and then within the parish: what will folks think if I start teaching the words of Saint Paul on this issue? Now I rejoice in the power of this passage of God’s Word to liberate us from the gender confusion our culture is mired in.

Click on the image to order your copy of Because of the Angels, the fruit of my study and a call to biblical manhood and womanhood in divine worship.

(GC) Ashley Null–5 Reasons Reformation Anglicanism Is Relevant

[In our age of shopping for “cool church” – and losing depth and holiness in the process – this is good reassurance of a better way forward. – Fr. Paul]

For those in the 21st century searching for meaning and purpose in life, Reformation Anglicanism’s commitment to the timeless wisdom of apostolic teaching gives them a solid rock on which to stand.

For those searching for a sense of historical continuity, Reformation Anglicanism offers a community close ties to the ancient church as expressed in its faithfulness to Scripture, the Creeds, and the first four Councils.

For those who make the needs of others a top priority, Reformation Anglicanism’s focus on mission encourages what God has already put on their hearts.

For those looking to be sustained by inspiring, systematic, Scripture-shaped worship, Reformation Anglicanism’s liturgical heritage offers perhaps the best model for proclaiming the gospel of grace and gratitude with ancient beauty and contemporary sensitivity.

Read it all.

As on this day we keep the special memory of our Redeemer’s entry into the city, so grant, O Lord, that now and ever he may triumph in our hearts. Let the King of grace and glory enter in, and let us lay ourselves and all we are in full and joyful homage before him; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

–Handley Moule (1841-1920)