In the LCA congregations will eventually begin to ordain women.
It is happening in the Catholic Church because congregations are despairing of any change through formal channels. In August Elaine Groppenbacher became the fourth female to be ordained a Catholic priest in the Phoenix area, USA. When the Vatican increasingly loses respect and authority, congregations will increasingly risk being ejected from the fold to do what they think is right … and this is in a tradition where obedience has a high priority.
It is clear where the Vatican’s priorities lie. The Times cites the case of Rev. Roy Bourgeois, who was excommunicated two months after he took part in a ceremony ordaining a woman. It took years after bishops’ requests, in many cases, to defrock pedophiles.
Women and men have waited generations for women’s ordaination in the LCA. It is a certainty that congregations will eventually lose patience with the callous handling of this pivotal issue. It is unlikely that the Church can remain intact through another General Synod without ordaining women. I believe that General Convention 2012 will be a turning point. No more will all congregations be content to trust in the process. No more will they trust that women’s ordination ‘will soon happen’. No more will they trust Church leadership. No more will they continue to tell the women in their midst to continue waiting.
Congregations will increasingly consider their options are as General Synod 2012 draws closer.
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