Ms Johnson said it was vital that the Church "is led by the very best, not just those who happen to be male"......Aunty rather got to the point:
"There should be no stained-glass ceiling for women in our church," she told MPs.
"The Church of England now stands to be left behind by the society it seeks to serve, looking outdated, irrelevant, and frankly eccentric by this decision.
"A broad church is being held to ransom by a few narrow minds."
Ms Laing added: "When the decision-making body of the established church deliberately sets itself against the general principles of the society which it represents then its position as the established church must be called into question."
This was "a perfectly good point", Mr Baldry replied.
"What has happened as a consequence of the decision by general synod is the Church of England no longer looks like a national church, it simply looks like a sect like any other sect," he continued.
"If the Church of England wants to be a national church, then it has to reflect the values of the nation."
I do not accept the theological thinking behind the "men are meant to be leaders, women not" idea, since women can certainly lead and teach. Priesthood is different from that, and it is this precise thing, the priesthood, that has not been fully explored and grasped.The problem is that much of what is being said at large about the Church of England in this context can all too easily be extended to public discussion with regard to any other religious body - the references to "narrow minds" and to a Church which is expected to represent society, for example. And the consequences? Cranmer flags up a most immediate one here, and summarises the situation:
Forget the need to find a solution that might be acceptable to everyone: this is now the raw politics of power.