Church of England Poised to Allow Women to Be Bishops

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby visits with members of his congregation on April 6, 2014. Creative Commons image by Catholic Church England and Wales
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby visits with members of his congregation on April 6, 2014. Creative Commons image by Catholic Church England and Wales

Women’s rights activists greeted with delight signs the Church of England is poised to relent and allow women to be consecrated as bishops.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will preside over a historic General Synod meeting at the University of York when a make-or-break vote on the subject is expected Monday (July 14).

“I think we’re there at long last,” American–born Christina Rees, one of the church’s leading women’s rights campaigners, said in an interview Thursday.

Supporters of female bishops are convinced the General Synod — the Church of England’s governing body — will approve amended legislation that will allow for the appointment of women as bishops by November and the first consecrations sometime in 2015.

Reports published in England say Welby is determined to drive through legislation to allow female bishops and is even prepared to dissolve the present General Synod so that a freshly elected Synod could vote on the measure before the end of 2014.

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SOURCE: Religion News Service
Trevor Grundy

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