Church of England Will Not Define ‘Woman’

The church was questioned by a parishioner.

QUICK FACTS:
  • The Church of England has refused to define what a woman is, saying that there is “additional care” that needs to be used in defining the word.
  • The group says that the definition of “woman” used to be “self-evident,” particularly in the context of marriage.
  • The question was asked when lay member Adam Kendry questioned the church during the General Synod.
  • Senior Bishop Rt Rev Robert Innes responded saying that there wasn’t an official definition, according to the church at this point.
  • Innes brought up the Church of England’s “Living in Love and Faith” project, which is “part of discerning a way forward for the Church of England in relation to matters of identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage,” according to the group’s website.
COMMENTS ABOUT THE DEFINITION OF A WOMAN:
  • “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,” Senior Bishop Rt Rev Robert Innes said when asked to define the word, according to a recent report.
  • News personality Calvin Robinson argued that the definition should not be difficult: “The definition of ‘woman’ is not a complex moral problem,” he said. “It is a scientific and biblical truth. How can you trust someone who cannot speak the truth about such basic facts?”
BACKGROUND:
  • The new argument about the definition of the term ‘woman’ centers around transgender rights and was sparked into greater notoriety when now-Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson was asked what a woman is during her confirmation hearings. “Can I provide a definition? No,” Jackson responded when asked. “Not in this context. I’m not a biologist.”
  • Conservative commentator Matt Walsh’s documentary titled “What is a Woman?” has also been ruffling feathers, particularly in the transgender-identifying community, for exposing the “lunacy of pro-trans extremism.”