On Monday the Diocese of Stockholm voted for a new bishop. The person who won is called Eva Brunne, and she will be the fifth female bishop in the Church of Sweden.
I know her a little. My experience of her is that she is wise, kind, pious, structured, humble and funny. She is also known to be loyal and a very good leader who takes care of her flock, both employees and other sheep *smiles*
All in all, she seems to be a perfect choice for bishop, right?
But are those qualities listed above what people discuss? Are they what makes blogs and comments splutter with indignant rage? Of course not. Some people don't care about Eva's suitability. The only thing that makes all of these bloggers go absolutely bananas is the fact that Eva happens to be married to a woman.
Funny. And tragic. Mostly tragic.
Please pray for Eva and the Diocese of Stockholm. They have made a good choice, and a brave choice, and your prayers will be needed.