House of Lords Approves Proposal to Allow Women Bishops In the Church of England

Female priests celebrating the General Synod vote in July
Female priests celebrating the General Synod vote in July

The House of Lords yesterday approved plans to allow women to become bishops in the Church of England.

The proposal was passed by the General Synod in July but required the consent of Parliament. It is expected to be agreed in the House of Commons next week.

In his speech before peers, Archbishop Justin Welby commended the proposal as “a change of historical significance”.

“Over the past 20 years many women have given outstanding leadership as vicars, archdeacons and cathedral deans. Now for the first time, every post will be open to them,” he said.

“For many people within the Church of England and others it has been a process full of frustration when looked at from the outside; and it has been somewhat baffling, particularly in recent years, that something which seems so simple and obvious should have become such a considerable problem.”

The Archbishop noted the divide within the Church over female bishops, but insisted that “reconciliation is at the heart of the Christian message”.

“In fact, it has been said that it is the Christian message. And it is a message – as the discussions in this House over the last few weeks have shown – that the world desperately needs,” he continued.

“The example of being able to live with difference, and yet to live in unity, is called for more and more. We may regard other members of the Christian family as irritating, embarrassing or plain wrong. But they are part of the family, and we don’t choose our families.”

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SOURCE: Christian Today
Carey Lodge

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