“We have seen the women’s movement culminate in the claim for priesthood”

It would be a long time before the Church of England agreed to admit women to the priesthood, but here we see the changes of WWI first brought the movement to life.

My dear friends.

One of the immediate Ecclesiastical outcomes of the war is a demand on the part of the chaplains for reunion on practically any terms. That reunion is the crying need of Christendom is apparent to most people, but it must be only on a sure and lasting basis. It is understood that proposals will be laid before the Bishops in Convocation asking them to consent (1) to the interchange of pulpits with non-conformist preachers (2) to admit women to a larger share of teaching work within consecrated buildings. The first of these proposals would be to disguise the evil of division without removing it…

On the question of women preachers the Church Universal must speak before any part of the Church dare introduce new practices. We have seen the women’s movement culminate in the claim for priesthood. This shocks most people and should warn our Bishops how carefully they should walk. I earnestly hope that our communicants will not be apathetic about writing their protest.

South Ascot Parochial magazine, July 1919 (D/P186/28A/19)

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