Wallace Benn, Bishop of Lewes, really riled some folks in England when he likened the debate over allowing female bishops to the “serious threat” of warfare posed by “someone” months before the beginning of World War II. Lewes was explaining his view of women bishops to a conference of conservative Anglicans when he told his audience: “I’m about to use an analogy, and I use it quite deliberately and carefully. And it slightly frightens me to use it, but I do think it’s where we are at.”
The bishop continued: “I feel very much increasingly that we’re in January of 1939. We need to be aware that there is real serious warfare just round the corner. It’s actually arrived in some places already. And we’re in a challenging and serious situation.”
Gee, I wonder what the bishop could be referring to??? Well, most people thought he had the Nazis/Hitler in mind. Benn attempted to explain his comments:
“I was thinking in… terms of the storm clouds being on the horizon.
“People in January 1939 knew there was war coming, they knew there were some big issues, that unless something amazing happened there would be catastrophe.
“I was thinking in Churchillian terms and not of Hitler at all, except in the sense that Hitler was the problem.”
Benn urged the Reform members who attended the conference to “wake up” their parishes to the fact that their conservative style of ministry could be resigned to history if women are ordained as bishops.
That awful Eve–she started all the trouble! Bishop Benn is wise to the ways of women. Women spoil everything.
Elaine Magliaro, Guest Blogger