Magazine article Anglican Journal

C of E One Step Closer to Women Bishops: Vatican Warns Move Could Jeopardize Full Communion

Magazine article Anglican Journal

C of E One Step Closer to Women Bishops: Vatican Warns Move Could Jeopardize Full Communion

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London

(ENI) -- The Church of England's general synod voted that the appointment of women as bishops is theologically justified, but hurdles remain before the measure can be implemented.

"I must pay tribute to Anglican women who have been tested for nearly 90 years," the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, told the synod. "They have kept the faith and remained loyal to the Church of England."

On July 10, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, brought forward proposals to the synod to implement the measure, following the 288-119 vote two days earlier that admitting women as bishops was consistent with the faith of the church.

A two-thirds majority in each of the three Church of England synod houses--bishops, clergy and laity--needs to approve the changes to legal structures. But in the July 8 vote on the principle of admitting women as bishops, the majority in the house of laity--123 in favour to 68 against--was less than the required two-thirds.

Clergy and parishes opposed to the consecration of women as bishops are expected to threaten to withhold funds, and to seek enclaves within the church for male-only clergy with their own bishops. …

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