Garth George: Real responsibility is on husbands

The Daily Post Rotorua 9 Sep 2012
….The marriage debate took on a whole new dimension this week with a report that brides will be promising to “submit” to their husbands under a new marriage vow the Anglican diocese of Sydney is expected to approve at its synod next month. It requires the minister to ask of the bride: “Will you honour and submit to him, as the Church submits to Christ?” and for her to pledge “to love and submit” to her husband. As you can imagine, this has triggered an outcry, mainly from feminists, academics and theologians, accusing the diocese of promoting the “subordination of women”, reinforcing a “patriarchal culture” and having “connotations of slavery”. How anyone can construe “submit” as any of those things, except through mindless political correctness, is difficult to understand, particularly since the use of the word in wedding services in the diocese is entirely voluntary and is left to couples to choose. As the Bishop of South Sydney, Robert Forsyth, chairman of the diocesan liturgical panel that wrote the new vows, pointed out: “The Bible never said women must obey their husbands but Paul and Peter did say submit, which I think is a much more responsive, nuanced word.” And so it is if you care to read the Bible passage from which it is taken

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