The Rev Angus MacLeay (St Nicholas Church, Sevenoaks, Kent) used passages in the Bible to justify women playing a submissive role in local church life. He urged women to “submit to their husbands in everything”.
Isn’t the most remarkable facet of the below article from the Telegraph, the fact that this makes national news?
In a leaflet issued to parishoners, the Rev Angus MacLeay used passages in the Bible to justify women playing a submissive role in local church life. He urged women to “submit to their husbands in everything”.
Mr MacLeay, a member of the General Synod, is opposed to the appointment of women bishops. He has campaigned vociferously for Reform, an Evangelical group that seeks to reform the Church of England “according to the Holy Scriptures”.
The leaflet he issued It says at one point: “Wives are to submit to their husbands in everything in recognition of the fact that husbands are head of the family as Christ is head of the church.
“This is the way God has ordered their relationships with each other and Christian marriage cannot function well without it.”
In a section called `More difficult passages to consider’, it continues:
“It would seem that women should remain silent….if their questions could legitimately be answered by their husbands at home.”
In this day and age of loudly trumpeted increasing secularism, I find it remarkable that there is still a slight media obsession with the views sounded from the pulpit, especially if those views are perceived to be archaic or out of sync with the prevailing spirit of the age, of course.