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Women will soon be bishops in the Church of England

Women will soon be bishops in the Church of England

The General Synod of the Church of England has approved legislation that will allow women to be appointed bishops. The Huffington Post has a brief story, and we will be updating it as the day goes on.

The BBC has also filed a story.

Here is Andrew Brown’s coverage in The Guardian.

John Bingham of The Telegraph writes of the long campaign to have women ordained as deacons, priests and bishops:

The issue of the ordination of women priests was first put on the agenda of the 1920 Lambeth Conference, the once-a-decade gathering of Anglican bishops from around the world, but delegates voted against taking discussion the matter any further.

A fresh attempt was made a decade later with the same effect, and a special commission later published a report ruling the possibility out.

It was not until during the Second World War when Bishop Ronald Hall of Hong Kong broke ranks ordained a Chinese Deacon, Florence Li Tim-Oi, as a priest – that the first worldwide Anglican Church had its first women priest.


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David Allen

Whoops, I may have made the provost a bishop!

His title should be the Very Revd, not the Most Revd.


Bro David

David Allen

Whoops, I think I made the provost a bishop!

He is the Very Revd, not the Most Revd.


Bro David

Ann Fontaine

It is true that not all members of the C of E are obligated to recognise

the ordination of women to any of the three orders of clergy. However,

had the legislation been written so that all must submit or leave, it

would not have passed.

The request for a male bishop’s oversight must be channelled through the

bishop of a diocese, whether female or male. My understanding is that

most requests will be granted. And the parish requesting a male bishop

must implicitly recognise the jurisdiction of its female bishop in so


John B. Chilton
David Allen

So are you contradicting me Ann? Because someone in a church closer to the epicenter agrees with me. The Most Revd Kelvin Holdsworth, Provost of St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Glasgow Scotland, Episocopal Church of Scotland.

“However if a bishop is ordained in Scotland then she is a bishop. Should someone not accept that, she may take whatever action she needs to take in order to facilitate the governance of the diocese. (She might invite another bishop to work with her or she might not, as she judges appropriately). In England, it will still be possible for someone unable to accept that a women can be a bishop (or even a priest) to simply request a male one.”

Bro David

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