Church of England approves women bishops

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby

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WOMEN bishops could be appointed by the end of this year in the Church of England after legislation backing the move was given final approval by the General Synod.

Members of the Church's governing body voted in favour of a measure allowing women bishops in a historic vote at York University.

The legislation received the necessary two thirds majority in all three Houses of the General Synod with 37 bishops voting in favour with two against and one abstention, 162 clergy in favour, 25 against and four abstentions.

In the crucial lay votes there were 152 votes in favour, 45 against and five abstentions.

In spite of an appeal from the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, for the result to be heard in silence as is traditional in the Church of England at key votes, there was some clapping and shouts of "brill" from within the hall when the outcome was announced.

The success in the make-or-break vote comes after a plan to introduce women bishops collapsed in November 2012 when it was derailed by just six votes cast by lay members.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, staked his authority on a new set of proposals, bringing in mediation and conflict experts in an effort to resolve differences.

Speaking in the debate, Archbishop Welby assured traditionalists that Church of England bishops were committed to meeting their needs should they pass the legislation.

"I expect and hope that this vote will go through and I rejoice in it. But I also rejoice that we promise to seek the flourishing in the Church of all those who disagree," he said.

"If I did not think that was likely I could not support this legislation. You don't chuck out family or even make it difficult for them to be at home, you love them and seek their well-being even when you disagree.

"The House of Bishops means what we say."

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5:01pm Mon 14 Jul 14

NO EINSTEIN says...

This is absolutely disgusting, first of all women get to vote, when they should be at home looking after the kids etc, next thing there Vickers thinking they know better than men !!!.
I can not believe there now going to be allowed to be better than a Vicker, and make decisions that could cause havoc.
We had a woman prime minister in Thatcher, and look what she did.
Women in this country need to start knowing there place.
This is absolutely disgusting, first of all women get to vote, when they should be at home looking after the kids etc, next thing there Vickers thinking they know better than men !!!. I can not believe there now going to be allowed to be better than a Vicker, and make decisions that could cause havoc. We had a woman prime minister in Thatcher, and look what she did. Women in this country need to start knowing there place. NO EINSTEIN
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6:30pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Robert_ says...

Its disgraceful that some people out there think women shouldn't have the same right to bang on about their imaginary friend than men. Get with the times people!!
Its disgraceful that some people out there think women shouldn't have the same right to bang on about their imaginary friend than men. Get with the times people!! Robert_
  • Score: 3

8:01pm Mon 14 Jul 14

NO EINSTEIN says...

Robert_ wrote:
Its disgraceful that some people out there think women shouldn't have the same right to bang on about their imaginary friend than men. Get with the times people!!
Robert_
Your the man you really are, all these sad folk that believe in Myths and Legends want a severe wake up call.

What next, people believing what MP'S say in there election promises is true.
[quote][p][bold]Robert_[/bold] wrote: Its disgraceful that some people out there think women shouldn't have the same right to bang on about their imaginary friend than men. Get with the times people!![/p][/quote]Robert_ Your the man you really are, all these sad folk that believe in Myths and Legends want a severe wake up call. What next, people believing what MP'S say in there election promises is true. NO EINSTEIN
  • Score: 1

8:19pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Robert_ says...

NO EINSTEIN wrote:
Robert_ wrote:
Its disgraceful that some people out there think women shouldn't have the same right to bang on about their imaginary friend than men. Get with the times people!!
Robert_
Your the man you really are, all these sad folk that believe in Myths and Legends want a severe wake up call.

What next, people believing what MP'S say in there election promises is true.
You're just being silly now.....
[quote][p][bold]NO EINSTEIN[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robert_[/bold] wrote: Its disgraceful that some people out there think women shouldn't have the same right to bang on about their imaginary friend than men. Get with the times people!![/p][/quote]Robert_ Your the man you really are, all these sad folk that believe in Myths and Legends want a severe wake up call. What next, people believing what MP'S say in there election promises is true.[/p][/quote]You're just being silly now..... Robert_
  • Score: 1

11:08pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Voice-of-reality says...

Of course,now that the doors have been opened, other undesirables will be allowed to become Bishops. Another nail in the coffin of decency.
Of course,now that the doors have been opened, other undesirables will be allowed to become Bishops. Another nail in the coffin of decency. Voice-of-reality
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