I am sure I am not the only person to be shaking my head over Wallace Benn's silliness in comparing the situation for traditionalists to 1939 with the storm clouds of war gathering. I am sure the thought of being invaded by Hitler was much more terrifiying to the average Britain than the thought of a woman wearing a mitre. On the other hand we have Tom Wright ( I am afraid he has never impressed me much) using the language of appeasement and saying we should back down from consecrating women as bishops at all.
I do not particularly like the language of warfare, but sometimes it is important to stand up for the right thing when the right time has come - maybe long come! I do not believe we should, or will, back down from consecrating women as bishops. We do not live in an age when it is in any way acceptable for women to be discriminated against. How can the Church oppose discrimination in other spheres when we so blatantly practise it ourselves? Leaving aside leading by example, it would be insupportable to deny women the chance to be bishops when it is so clearly the wholehearted desire and mind of the Church of England to proceed with this matter. It would attract hugely negative publicity, and the issues would not be resolved, for the sake of a minority they would fester. We would have to confront them time and time again, and that is not something that any of us should contemplate.