Everyone has their troubles, sure. We Episcopalians are a cranky sort, given to such miserable things as allowing for too long dioceses that for conscience simply would not ordain women to the priesthood or think of the Presiding Bishop as a "real" bishop, much less Primate. OK. We don't smell like the rose of summer either. But, dear friends, these are our sins of caution. There is no reason for us to be caught up in the cautionary craziness of mother church. Perhaps there are reasons for autonomy that far outweigh the reasons for playing nice with the mother church. This may be one of them:
Ruth Gledhill reports that in the Blackburn Cathedral "Worshippers who oppose women priests receive ‘untainted’ bread," bread that has been consecrated by a male priest. It appears that there are now women clergy at the Cathedral and lest one of these oppositional worshippers get bread with woman stuff on them thereby making the consecration unreal, these worthies are given the opportunity to get safe bread, safely blessed.
Surely the bishop has some say in this mess. Perhaps it would be to say to these worshippers that apparently they do not oppose women priest, but rather that they don't believe they are real. In which case they can't really believe the bishops who ordained these women are anything but mad or heretical. Perhaps these worshippers ought to leave and go form a church of their own.
Oh, wait a minute...it would be thought schismatic or some such thing to suggest this, and you know Mother Church does not want there to be rips in the fabric of communion, yes?
The communion is ripped, and this bit of theological mind melt is part of it.
There are all sorts of places these offended worshippers could go. Rome comes to mind, or the FOCA / ACIE (Anglican Church in England). If our friends in England have not heard of ACIE, they will soon. It might have another name, but FOCA will be on the case and there will be some such thing like the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), soon, in a theater near them.
Friends, if you don't want the bread, don't come to the table. If you do, eat and be filled. But don't get picky. That's the spirit! We were invited, remember?