Irish Anglicans install Rev Pat Storey as bishop


The UK and Ireland's first woman bishop has been consecrated by the Anglican Church at a service in Dublin on Saturday.

The Reverend Pat Storey, a rector in Londonderry, was appointed in September.

She was elected by the Church of Ireland as Bishop of Meath and Kildare, in the Republic of Ireland.

The married mother of two, who grew up in Belfast, said she was "excited and daunted" by the historic appointment.

The service of consecration took place at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin.

In a sermon during the service, the Rev Nigel Parker from St Comgall's parish in Bangor, County Down, paid tribute to Mrs Storey.

He said: "It has been our privilege over the years to see you respond to our Father's love with love, trust and obedience.

Written By: Robert Pigott
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  1. I’m always glad to see any institution move toward gender equality, but in this case, the irony is overwhelming. A woman granted high priestly status in a religion which, historically, has done nothing for women and has done much to suppress and oppress them. I’d love it if women could stand back and see the contempt with which all three of the western religions regard them, but since that’s not going to happen, I’m glad that one women got a promotion and can play with the big boys now. At least she’s unlikely to sexually molest the altar boys.

  2. The ‘pro-women priests lobby’ within the Church argue that ordaining women, female bishops etc is about reflecting modern life, equality and so on. The traditionalists argue that it’s a theological issue. At least the traditionalists are being consistently ridiculous.

    • In reply to #5 by A3Kr0n:

      How dare they take another thing away from me to bitch about? They still believe in God, right? I hope so!

      Like many word shufflers – In triplicate I understand!

  3. She has either to explain why the following is ridiculous and doesn’t apply to her or she will have to conveniently edit it from her sermons, but then… with tiny congregations and most of them approaching deafness or senility will any one notice?

    1 Timothy 2:11-12 – Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.

    1 Timothy 2:12-14 – But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

    1 Corinthians 14:34 – Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but [they are commanded] to be under obedience, as also saith the law.

    1 Corinthians 11:5 – But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with [her] head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.

    • In reply to #7 by Vorlund:

      She has either to explain why the following is ridiculous and doesn’t apply to her …

      “Well, obviously it’s not meant to be taken literally. It refers to any manufacturer of dairy products …”

  4. Does the fact that the RC bishop attended the “installation” (sounds like a DIY project) mean that the RCC is going to follow suit? Or do they need to “get a man in” to do that kind of installation in their bishopricK?

  5. The Church of Ireland is leading the way, while the Church of England is still debating the issue rather slowly!

    The possibility of women being admitted to the orders of deacon, priest and bishop has been on the Church of England’s agenda since at least 1966 when Women and Holy Orders was produced for the Church Assembly. Over the succeeding two decades, the General Synod followed up with The Ordination of Women to the Priesthood (1972), The Ordination of Women (1978) and The Ordination of Women to the Priesthood: Further Report (1984).

    On May 21 2013 the House of Bishops released the following statement on Women in the Episcopate.

    “At its meeting in York the House of Bishops of the Church of England has committed itself to publishing new ways forward to enable women to become bishops.

    “In its discussion on the issue of women in the episcopate, the House received and approved for publication the report from the Working Group on Women in the Episcopate which was set up on 11 December to prepare new legislative proposals following the General Synod’s rejection of the last legislation on 20 November 2012.

    “The report of the Working Group presented four new options as a way forward and proposed that the General Synod should consider those options at its meeting in July. The Working Group also proposed a timetable which would involve the legislation starting its formal stages in the Synod in November and receiving Final Approval in 2015.

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