I found this quote whilst leafing through a copy of the Church of England Newspaper (bought only for research purposes):
“Forward in Faith has repeatedly made it clear that the only safeguards it would accept as adequate would be the creation of a third province if females were given mitres.”
I’ve been having a think about the sort of safeguards that might be required for the use of mitres by anyone, male or female. First of all we need to do a bit of a risk assessment. I suppose all of the following are technically possible:
- Incident involving the pointy end of mitre
- Mitre falling off and someone tripping or slipping on it
- Mitre on head too tight leading to lightheadedness and possible falling
- Some sort of Anti-bishop protester sees mitre and throws projectile
- Mitre accidentally bumps into ornate church furnishing causing it to topple
To be honest it seemed to me that most of these are unlikely. But to be sure I did a Google search for ‘Mitre Accident‘, and sure enough such a thing is virtually unheard-of.
I don’t think that a third province will really help anything. At the very most a special roped-off area for Bishops at one end of the church, but nothing more.