Election of women bishops


Sir, – “All eyes in the Anglican Communion may now turn to the Church of Ireland to see if a woman is elected as a bishop for one of the two dioceses that are vacant”, states your editorial writer in reflecting upon the Church of England’s vote on women bishops (November 23rd). All eyes? What a strangely Hibernocentric view of the Anglican Communion.

Travelling on Tuesday to Rwanda and Burundi, the Anglicans I meet will mostly have no awareness whatsoever of Ireland, let alone an interest in who might be ordained in its small Anglican Church; the issues of how to feed their families for another day tend to be rather more important, as they are for many of the world’s Anglicans. – Yours, etc,


Rector of Clonenagh Group of Parishes,

Portlaoise Road,


Co Laois.