Bishop Ann Tottenham of the Anglican Church of Canada wrote Preludium with this comment:
"For the record, I celebrated and preached at Southwark Cathedral on November 9, 2009 with the permission of the Powers-That-Be in the C.of E. in the presence of the Diocesan Bishop and fully vested including mitre. It was a public service to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the ordination of women to the priesthood in the C. of E. The only restriction place on me was that I was not to "perform an episcopal function". As I was not planning either a confirmation or an ordination this was not a big deal, though the whole process was aggravating. To my mind this makes the insult offered to the Presiding Bishop even more gratuitous. +Ann"
So, let's wrap it up, shall we? Here is what we have:
(i) The miter flap has become a virtual storm. Termed "mitergate" the restriction placed on the Presiding Bishop do forgo wearing a miter or carrying a staff while in the service at Southwark Cathedral and the bits and pieces of identity harrassment that accompanied her getting in the door are appauling. Apparently a number of other bishops have had no such problems - Bishop Tottenham and Presiding Bishop Griswold among others.
(ii) I was cautious in receiving the first reports of this mess because it seemed hard to believe, but I opined that," if true, what happened to hospitality?"
It turns out hospitality for a WOMAN as Primate does not seem to be in place. Women bishops? Limited but OK; Women Primates (there is only one), No.