Yesterday the Primate of the Church of Wales wrote in the Guardian, (thanks to Thinking Anglicans for the quote and link.)
"If the Church in Wales refuses today to ordain women to the episcopate, it will be in danger of giving the impression that: the maleness of Jesus is more important than his humanity; only men can really represent God and his church to the world; men are the really important members of the human race; the church does not value the gifts and talents of women; and the church is not interested in testing the vocation of women, or even willing to consider their suitability as bishops, because their gender has automatically debarred them from such consideration.
None of these things may be true, but try explaining that to a class of sixth-formers who are interested in what the gospel may be offering them, but for whom that gospel is proclaimed by a church that refuses even to consider the possibility of opening up the episcopate to women."
Ruth Gledhill in her Times online article, writes,
"London’s Putney Vicar Giles Fraser, founder of the Inclusive Church campaigning group, said: “It’s an absolute disgrace. If women are good enough to be priests they are good enough to be bishops. Anything other than this is a theological nonsense.”
Canon Mary Stallard, chaplain to the Bishop of St Asaph, said: “The moment will come back. We are very disappointed. It is not totally unexpected. But we are looking forward to bringing it back. This issue will not be ignored.”
The struggle against inclusion takes many forms, sometimes it is people of color, sometimes women, sometimes gay and lesbian people, sometimes politically or theologically untoward people, even, sadly, people of the wrong ritual persuasions. The struggle FOR inclusion takes only one: we are included by baptism into Christs death and we are raised with Him.
Put more succinctly, and in line with an ancient spiritual: All God's Children got shoes.
If we acquire God's shoes in baptism we can walk all over God's heaven. If we are baptized we can not be declared on the face of it inappropriate for any ministry of the baptized.
The struggle for inclusion will contine.