Yes, we’re all very frustrated by the time it’s taken to get the Women Bishops legislation through the General Synod. I tell you, we talk of little else round these parts. Little Else being the curate down at Lower Beechingley – she’s short, but very ambitious.
But it struck me yesterday that there’s another angle you can take on all these two thirds majorities, referring stuff to the dioceses, wrecking amendments and grievance procedures. And it occurred to me while walking past Woodcote Abbey. Formerly a local monastery, then the home of some rich friend of Henry VIII, it now appears to be an experimental farm of some kind.
If Henry had had to get his divorce, and then the Dissolution of the Monasteries, through the General Synod, I reckon that today England would still be a Catholic country. But at least Anne Boleyn would have kept her head in place. Henry would still have died a miserable and vicious old bleeder, but his capacity for damage would have been greatly reduced.