The new bishops will have nothing to do with the new priests. The Ven John Richards, 61, Archdeacon of Exeter, who will become Bishop of Ebbsfleet (a see named after a Kent sandbank), said yesterday that his conscience would not allow him to attend a Eucharist at which a woman celebrated, still less to take Communion from her.
The Archdeacon of Macclesfield, the Ven John Gaisford, 60, who will become Bishop of Beverley, said that he could not recommend a dying person into the care of a woman priest. 'It would be sacramentally doubtful,' he said. A spokesman for Forward in Faith, the largest group opposed to women priests, explained afterwards that: 'Sacramentally doubtful is just a nice way of saying 'never in hell'. '
Forward in Faith immediately demanded that the new bishops repudiate those of their colleagues who either ordain women or accept that women can be priests.Reuse content