My personal view is that folk should have at least a few years of life and church experience "under the belt" before the call to ordained ministry
is extended to them.
Women and some men are finding that ministry in hospitals, education, missions, community service and pastoral counselling is better suited to their gifts and is still understood as ordained ministry
This priesthood of the faithful bestowed by baptism, including that of women of course, fulfils the requirements for ordained ministry
The (Lutheran) Church of Norway has praised the Church of England for its decision to support the consecration of women as bishops, saying that the ordained ministry
cannot be limited to men.
The Church of England, by dint of its continuity with the past in terms of its buildings and (overwhelmingly) in its ordained ministry
at the time of the split, has the greater claim.
It will upset those who figure women are weaker vessels or not equal to men or not called to ordained ministry
As reported in the February Anglican Journal, Bishop Pitman, in a December letter to his clergy, wrote that he expects priests in his diocese who are involved in the conservative Anglican Network in Canada and "working to the establishment of a parallel jurisdiction to the Anglican Church of Canada" would "do the honourable thing and resign their positions, relinquishing their licences to exercise ordained ministry
in this church.
Members of the ordained ministry
have a vital role to play for the existence and action of every community or group of people.
Bishop Cy Pitman, of the diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador, said he expects clergy "involved in the (Essentials) Network and working to the establishment of a parallel jurisdiction to the Anglican Church of Canada would do the honourable thing and resign their positions, relinquishing their licences to exercise ordained ministry
in this church.
The international commission's final report had found "substantial agreement" between Anglicans and Catholics on issues such as the Eucharist and ordained ministry
, fueling hopes for swift ecumenical progress.
Anglicans and Lutherans have pledged to work more closely in many areas of mission and ministry, including addressing "matters of human need and global concerns," and the formation for lay and ordained ministry
In previous rounds the dialogue has produced joint statements on education, holiness and spirituality in ordained ministry
, the Eucharist, end-of-life issues, ecumenism, and on the mission and witness of the first 30 years of dialogue.