Cnut Of The Week
January 31, 2015
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To my mind the moment of real drama at a wedding ceremony is the point at the service when the priest says “If any of you know cause or just impediment, why these two persons should not be joined together in holy Matrimony, ye are to declare it” or words to that effect. I have waited in vain for someone to stand up – I obviously mix in the wrong circles as it is a regular occurrence in TV soap land.
Anyway, the Church of England had its own just impediment moment during this week’s ordination of the eighth Bishop of Stockport at York Minster, courtesy of the Rev Paul Williamson. Rather like a modern-day King Cnut who sat on the shoreline and commanded the tide to stop coming in in an attempt to demonstrate the limitations of the power of a monarch, Williamson launched a last-ditch effort to derail the consecration of the first woman bishop, the Rev Libby Lane.
Rather like Cnut, Williamson’s gesture proved to be futile and another male bastion fell by the wayside.