In light of the vote by the CoE to maintain a male episcopate. I was neutral concerning WO until I read this tract.
C.S. Lewis on “Priestesses in the Church?” (feel free to replace priestess/priest with bishopess/bishop).
These remarks are not intended as a contribution to the criticism of Pride and Prejudice. They came into my head when I heard that the Church of England was being advised to declare women capable of Priests’ Orders. I am, indeed, informed that such a proposal is very unlikely to be seriously considered by the authorities. To take such a revolutionary step at the present moment, to cut ourselves off from the Christian past and to widen the divisions between ourselves and other Churches by establishing an order of priestesses in our midst, would be an almost wanton degree of imprudence. And the Church of England herself would be torn in shreds by the operation. My concern with the proposal is of a more theoretical kind. The question involves something even deeper than a revolution in order.
The emphasis in bold is mine. The CoE, TEC, and the entire Anglican Communion does appear to be torn to shreds; factions leaving or having impaired communion with one another.
The entire tract was eerily prophetic; I never thought of Lewis as a 20th century Jeremiah, but the dysfunction that he predicted in this tract has come to pass.
How do I leave TEC for a traditional orthodox church? No guitar masses or popery (no offense to my Roman Catholic brothers and sisters, but I’m just not there) please.