Church’s attitude to women here to stay

I am writing to make observations about Mike Pursglove’s letter (November 30).

From my experience of believers in faith, they frequently display selective reasoning when it comes to explaining their beliefs.

Mr Pursglove’s letter was a model of such muddled thinking. ‘What happened to democracy?’ he questioned “This [of the laity of the C of E] democratic decision has been demonised by the Synod, Mr Cameron, the BBC reporters and various members of the press”.

What happened to democracy indeed: The Church of England announced that 72.6 per cent of Synod members had backed the measure in the crucial vote, but it was not enough to see it through. In the House of Clergy the measure passed by 148 votes to 45. If six members of the laity had voted for instead of against, the measure would have received the two-thirds majority needed.

In short, Mr Pursglove, the beliefs of very nearly two-thirds of the House of Clergy were rejected by less than one-third of those voting. Is that your idea of democracy? Furthermore, a ComRes poll in July found that 74 per cent of respondents thought female clerics should be able to attain the highest reaches of the church. If Jesus ever existed – and my personal belief is that, if he did, he was just a man and not ‘a son of god’, then in that time he would have been unable to convince those around him that women were equal in all respects.

Monotheism has been blighted by its outdated attitude to the universal equality of women and, with this sort of decision, will remain so for many decades to come.

Henry Page

Newhaven