Our thanks to MIke P for this. An extract:
The Right Rev Mullally’s predecessors have all declined to ordain women to the priesthood. She succeeds Bishop Richard Chartres, who retired in February after 12 years in the post.
But her promotion – after just two-and-a-half years as a junior bishop – signals a victory for the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who has repeatedly criticised poverty and inequality.
He has also has fought for more senior women clergy, and has been frustrated in his attempts to liberalise the Church of England’s rules on gay clergy. The Bishop of Maidstone, the Right Rev Rod Thomas – whose supervises clergy who will not accept women priests or bishops – said: ‘Despite my own concerns over women bishops I think she will be a very positive force for the Church in London.’
However Reverend Jules Gomes, pastor of Church of England St Augustine’s in Douglas, Isle of Man, said: ‘Conservative evangelical and Anglo-Catholic churches will struggle to accept a woman bishop, but will find it even more difficult given that Bishop Mullally is completely unremarkable as a theologian, biblical scholar, preacher, evangelist or pastor.’ [J4MB: It is a truth universally acknowledged, that an incompetent woman can be promoted in preference to a competent man.]
The speaker list for ICMI18 is here. The Reverend Jules Gomes’s talk title will be, ‘Singing in the ruins: How feminists have destroyed the Church of England beyond repair’. You can book your ticket to the event here.