Church of England OKs Women Bishops
Could see first ordained by year's end
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 14, 2014 12:22 PM CDT
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, second right, and unidentified members of the clergy, arrive for the General Synod meeting, Monday July 14, 2014.   (AP Photo/PA, Lynne Cameron)

(Newser) – The Church of England today took a pretty large step into the 21st century, voting by a two-thirds majority to allow the ordination of women as bishops. It's a reversal of a 2012 vote that failed by just six votes, notes Sky News, and cements the role of female leadership in an institution that has allowed women priests for two decades. "I am delighted with today's result," said Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in a statement that called the vote "the completion of what was begun over 20 years ago. Today marks the start of a great adventure." The church could see female bishops by year's end, notes CNN.

Some more reaction:

  • Archbishop of York John Sentamu: "Generations of women have served the Lord faithfully in the Church of England for centuries. It is a moment of joy today: The office of Bishop is open to them."
  • Chik Kaw Tan, a conservative laymember: "The very same arguments that are being used to promote women in the episcopate are the very same arguments that are being used to redefine marriage from that which is between a man and a woman to two persons of the same sex."

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Jul 14, 2014 4:56 PM CDT
So, how do they get past the Biblical edict that women can't open their big yappers in church? Seriously, finally treating women as equals is a huge step towards making Christianity almost make sense.
Jul 14, 2014 3:59 PM CDT
Let's all remember this "church" was started by a guy who just wanted divorces and would kill for them.
Jul 14, 2014 2:22 PM CDT
Why not? They are Christian in name only. The C of E is really a hodgepodge of feel good Christianity, Buddhism, eastern mysticism and health and wealth gospel. They don't believe the Bible to be the Inspired Word of God and get embarrassed with its presence. Like the Jewish Rabbi I knew once that was an atheist, They just love the rituals and crap. It believes nothing and teaches everything. Basically a great place for women to start their new sorority.