Sex & God & Rock & Roll
It's not that blatant in Methodism, but it's there. God creates us all equal, and calls us all equally, so how dare they? God's church should be the one place above all others where we try to work out our God-given equality, in every concievable way.
If you change "bishop" to "rector" you have exactly the experience of the average lay person.FWIWjimB
The parish priest in England has enjoyed little respect from the laity for the last 1000 years or so. If they did I would still have a job.Unfortunately, much of the laity in England are as arrogant and nasty as the worst bishop, and , at least the bishop is governed by church law which the laity isn't.
They would bitch if they were hung with a new rope!