PreviousNext

Church of England Votes to Allow Women Bishops Vote

By // Latest Additions | Church of England Votes to Allow Women Bishops Vote
Email to a friend Plain text Print version // Font size: Decrease font Enlarge font

 

Members have voted to refer the legislation for further discussion on Monday, when a vote is planned.

 

Women now constitute a third of priests and there is a widespread feeling among Anglicans that the new role should be open to them.

 

But plans to exempt traditionalists from serving under women bishops have caused division within the Church.

 

Not since the Church voted to create women priests in 1992 has it faced such a momentous decision, says BBC religious affairs correspondent Robert Pigott.

 

There has been a wish not to alienate traditionalists who oppose women bishops and the ending of centuries of tradition, our correspondent added.

 

This has resulted in a proposal that would give traditionalist parishes the right of access to an alternative, male, bishop, who shared their beliefs about women clergy.

 

But some liberal Anglicans claim this would render women "second class" bishops and they may vote to reject the draft legislation, along with conservatives opposed to it.

 

With the numbers so finely balanced, the stage is set for a dramatic debate on Monday, and a cliff-hanging moment as the vote is cast”

 

Q&A: Women bishops vote

Earlier, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams urged clergy and bishops from the Canterbury Diocese to approve the legislation in order for it to be debated further on Monday.

 

"We are looking into the abyss now," he warned.

 

"Like the majority of members of the synod, and the majority of the members of the Church of England, I am very firmly of the view that we need to proceed as speedily as we can to resolve this question because I, like most of you, long to see women bishops in the Church of England," he said.

 

"I also long for there to be the kind of provision for those who continue to have theological reservations on this subject, for their position to be secured in such a way that they can feel grateful for the outcome as others do."

 

The Synod could also opt to adjourn the debate further to allow amendments made to the proposal in May to be reconsidered.

 

Any adjournment would delay a final vote until November at the earliest. But a defeat would mean the appointment of women bishops would be at least another five years away.

 

The Synod needs a two-thirds majority in all three houses of the General Synod, of bishops, clergy and laity.

 

If approved there, it would be sent to Parliament for approval and Royal Assent. The earliest likely date for a woman bishop to be appointed would be 2014.

 

So far more than 1,000 lay Anglo-Catholics and 80 priests dissatisfied with the direction the Church of England is taking over women bishops have left to join the Ordinariate set up by the Vatican in 2011 for former Anglicans.

 

Tagged : Church of England, UK news, Latest News, UK, News, Latest Additions

Headlines Newsview all

Cheating map of UK reveals Maidenhead to be Britain's most adulterous town

One of the richest towns in Britain also has the highest number of people having extramarital affairs, according to new research. Wealthy Maidenhead tops a new ... Full story

Trainee teacher hangs himself after split from the girlfriend he couldn’t live without

A trainee teacher hanged himself on New Year’s Eve after a split from his girlfriend, an inquest heard today. Keiran Walsh, 22, split from his partner ... Full story

White Dee, Benefits Street's most infamous and shameless resident

Late on a dark and rainy night, it is all go-go-go down at White Dee’s house in Birmingham. There is a pan of fish stew ... Full story

DJ Chris Moyles claimed to be a second-hand CAR DEALER to save £1 million in celebrity tax avoidance scheme

DJ Chris Moyles claimed to be a second-hand car dealer while presenting Radio 1’s Breakfast Show in a bid to save up to £1million in ... Full story

Kym Marsh fling with personal trainer, Matt Baker

Her marriage to Jamie Lomas ended in October and now Kym Marsh has sparked romance rumours after spending Valentine's weekend in Paris with her personal ... Full story

Nicole Scherzinger shows off a bit too much

NICOLE Scherzinger and fellow leading ladies at this year's Brits spent hours getting ready for the big night.But once the after-parties kicked in, their extensive ... Full story

Mother arrested after11-month-old daughter mauled to death by dog

A mother has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after her “beautiful and adorable” 11-month-old daughter was mauled to death by a dog.Ava Jayne Marie ... Full story

London Tube strike cancelled after last minute talks

A planned 48-hour strike by London Underground workers in a row over ticket office closures has been called off after a last-minute deal was agreed.Members ... Full story

First woman bishop in the Church of England could be appointed ‘by Christmas’

The first woman bishop in the Church of England could be appointed before the end of this year, the Church’s most senior official has disclosed.William ... Full story

Bank of England must move away from its rigid unemployment target or risk losing credibility

The Bank of England must "get back to basics" and move away from its rigid unemployment target or risk losing credibility, former Bank policymakers have ... Full story

Hollywood child star Shirley Temple dies at age 85

Shirley Temple, the American actress, singer and dancer, has died at her home in California from natural causes.Temple, who began her film career in 1932 ... Full story

Comment on: Church of England Votes to Allow Women Bishops Vote

Rate this article

0

Breaking News

'We love you so much': Video of brother of missing Ashya King emerges

An emotional video of the brother of the seriously ill missing boy has emerged, recorded just hours after the five-year-old was first diagnosed with cancer ...

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt wedding: Actress's pro-Israel father Jon Voight was 'not invited' to the private nuptials in France

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s wedding was probably one of the most eagerly anticipated high profile nuptials since those that cared about the royal wedding ...

Douglas Carswell: Nigel Farage warns more Tories could defect over Cameron's 'open-door immigration'

Nigel Farage has predicted other Tory and Labour MPs could defect to Ukip over the impact of “open-door immigration” should Douglas Carswell win the Clacton ...

MND sufferer Stephen Hawking does ice bucket challenge with a twist

So far, the ice bucket challenge has raised over £3million for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA), and now Stephen Hawking, a well-known sufferer, has ...

Stephen Hawking, MND sufferer, does ice bucket challenge with a twist

So far, the ice bucket challenge has raised over £3million for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA), and now Stephen Hawking, a well-known sufferer, has ...

Malaysia Airlines to axe 6,000 jobs in radical restructuring

Malaysia Airlines is set to slash 6,000 jobs and stop trading as a public-listed company in a major structuring in an effort to stay afloat ...

Joan Rivers hospitalised in critical condition: Melissa Rivers thanks fans for 'outpouring of support' as she gives update

Melissa Rivers, the actress daughter of caustic comedienne Joan Rivers, has thanked fans for their messages of support after her mother was hospitalised in a ...

Change he believes in: Obama's new suit choice takes more slack than his policies

Russia invades Ukraine, Isis rampages through the Middle East. President Barack Obama had a lot to comment on as his international policy of "reflection then action" ...

Ukraine crisis: Nato images show Russian soldiers, artillery and armoured vehicles in 'military operations' in eastern Ukraine

Satellite images showing Russian forces engaged in military operations inside Ukraine with tanks and sophisticated weaponry have been released by Nato. A convoy of Russian armed ...

WWE legend Jake 'The Snake' Roberts hospitalised after double pneumonia left him in a coma

Jake 'The Snake' Roberts, the veteran star of WWE, was left in a coma after he was hospitalised with double pneumonia. According to a report ...