Church of England Won’t Give a Definition of a ‘Woman’, Blames ‘Complexities’ of Gender Identity

Church of England Won’t Give a Definition of a ‘Woman’, Blames ‘Complexities’ of Gender Identity by Steve Warren for CBN News

GNN Note – What is a woman? There is no clearer “war on women” than the “trans” movement and, now, the Church of England carrying water for these sexual deviants is beyond belief. / END

The Church of England has now gone on record saying it has “no official definition” of a woman.

The Telegraph reports the issue of defining what a woman is came up when Adam Kendry, a lay member of the General Synod, the church’s legislative body, and a representative of the Royal Navy, asked: “What is the Church of England’s definition of a woman?”

The question reflects the ongoing push by LGBTQ activists on British politics and society, an agenda that is also unfolding on a broad scale in the U.S. as well.

In his written response, Dr. Robert Innes, the church’s Bishop in Europe since 2014, said: “There is no official definition, which reflects the fact that until fairly recently definitions of this kind were thought to be self-evident, as reflected in the marriage liturgy.”

But Innes added that there are now “complexities associated with gender identity” and pointed to the need for “additional care” even though the church continues its opposition to same-sex weddings.  As CBN News has previously reported, the Church of England has allowed women to serve as bishops since 2014.

The recently retired Rev. Angela Berners-Wilson, the first woman to be ordained as a priest in England in 1994, responded to Innes’ answer by telling The Telegraph, “I’m not totally happy with it. I mean, I do think certain things like men can’t have babies, just to say the complete obvious thing.”

“But I think we need to be very sensitive and maybe we need to reexamine our boundaries,” Berners-Wilson added.

A ‘Shocking’ Digression from Biblical Norms

Other critics called the church’s response “shocking.”

Maya Forstater, executive director of the organization Sex Matters, said the church official’s answer was “shocking” because “the concepts of male and female did not need to have a formal official definition” since “they are older than human life itself.”

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