Church of England approves process to ordain female bishops

Vatican warns of disruption in unity talks
After deciding that ordaining women bishops is theologically justifiable, the Church of England on July 10 adopted a plan to explore the practical and legislative steps to make it happen.

The Church of England July 8 affirmed at its General Synod at York University that admitting women to the episcopate “is consonant with the faith of the church.” The motion passed with majorities in each house—bishops (31 to 9), clergy (134 to 42) and laity (123 to 68). The enabling motion adopted two days later invites dioceses, deaneries and parishes “to continue serious debate and reflection” on the issues.

Clergy and parishes opposed to women as bishops may threaten to withhold funds and seek enclaves of male-only clergy and like-minded bishops. One opponent of female bishops, David Houlding, said the vote was a “huge insult to the Roman Catholic Church.”


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