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.