(12.15 pm): it's official. the c of i is to have its first woman bishop (here). hardly surprising - it has been over 20 years since the legislation was put in place for this.
it is surprising is the Irish Times hasn't picked up on it yet and run a banner headline on their website. they must be loosing their touch!
(update: the IT's online version caught up with the news at 12.53 - nearly 40 minutes after this blog! And all they had to say, despite their extra time, was a rehash of the c of i press release - so, i still think they might be loosing their touch!)
some other surprising points:
1. the woman chosen wasn't one of the 'obvious' candidates - that is, one of the three women deans in the c of i; rev storey's name wasn't one i heard anyone whispering in advance of this (mind you, that doesn't mean much - the person chosen is often one that wasn't signaled in advance);
2. that the house of bishops decided to make what may be seen as a controversial decision - normally, when the decision falls to them, as opposed to the diocesan board, they tend to make a fairly 'conservative' choice;
3. given what happened to the last choice for the meath+kildare diocese (that is, an exit in controversial circumstances - see previous post here) that the bishop's would go for a 'first' on this might be seen as all the more surprising.
what does this mean for anglo-catholics with a traditional mindset on this issue? probably nothing much. the actual decision was taken, as i said, over 20 years ago. it just took this long to work its way through the system. in a sense, nothing has really changed.
move along, folks. nothing to see here.