Re Archbishop of York Rev Stephen Cottrell[This is the one who confirmed in a BBC interview that he believes that sexual immorality is not sinful: "we are now in a position where [practising homosexuals] can be welcomed fully into the life of the Church, on their terms" in response to "is gay sex a sin?"]
The Archbishop of York has said some people struggle with the traditional Biblical phrase 'our Father'.
The Most Rev Stephen Cottrell called the term – used for centuries at the start of The Lord's Prayer – 'problematic' for victims of abusive parents.
He also said it was an issue for anyone who suffers in a male-dominated society during a speech to the Church of England's governing body yesterday.
[link with women bishops]
The Rev Christina Rees C.B.E. (Commander of the British Empire) [the CofE's Resident Crone], a former Synod member who led the campaign for women bishops, said the Archbishop 'has put his finger on an issue that's a really live issue for Christians and has been for many years'.
She added: 'But I think the issues have come into sharp focus more with clergy abuse issues. Because sometimes the abuse victims have been abused by their birth fathers and gone on to be abused by their fathers in God – the local priest – so there are multiple layers why the term 'Father' is really difficult for people in the church.'
[Doubtless she'll be campaigning for a "Queen of Heaven" next.]