NZ Catholic, the fortnightly New Zealand national Catholic newspaper, has a positive front-page article about the installation of a female bishop Victoria Matthews in Christchurch, New Zealand. Although unable to attend the installation because of a prior commitment, the Roman Catholic bishop of Christchurch, Bishop Barry Jones, says he would have had no issue attending, extended his greetings and will be present at the diocesan synod eucharist this evening. The article continues:
Almost 20 years ago, then Dunedin Bishop Len Boyle had an even trickier situation to manage in terms of Anglican episcopacy. Penny Jamieson had been selected to head the Anglican diocese of Dunedin, but Bishop Boyle turned down an invitation to her ordination in 1989.
“My rationale was that I couldn’t go because I didn’t think she was being made a bishop,” Bishop Boyle, now retired, told NZ Catholic.
Does this mean if a male had been ordained bishop by the Anglicans back in 1989 Bishop Boyle would have gone to the ordination? And would have thought that the Anglican male “was being made a bishop”?
- New Bishop of Christchurch for New Times
- Victoria Matthews 8th Bishop of Christchurch
- Ordination Justin Duckworth
- Susan Boyle – 25 years ago