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Church of England moves toward allowing female bishops

November 20, 2013

The general synod of the Church of England has voted overwhelmingly in favor of a proposal to allow female bishops, just a year after a similar proposal fell just short of approval.

If it gains full approval from the Church of England, the motion would go before the House of Lords. British Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to give the measure high priority. "I strongly support women bishops and I hope the Church of England takes this key step to ensure its place as a modern church, in touch with our society,” he said.


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  • Posted by: john1948 - Nov. 21, 2013 3:07 PM ET USA

    Despite its Catholic trappings, the Church of England is a state religion like the state religions of Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, etc. The archbishop of Canterbury is a political appointee just like any member of the PM's cabinet. The British PM will have the final say on allowing bishopesses in the state Church. Could there someday be an archbishopess of Canterbury?

  • Posted by: Mike in Toronto - Nov. 20, 2013 6:03 PM ET USA

    One more nail in the coffin of Anglican-Catholic relations...

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Nov. 20, 2013 6:01 PM ET USA

    Ah, Mr. Cameron, the C of E already HAS ensured "its place as a modern church, in touch with our society." That is why its membership has plummeted. There are more practicing Catholics in Henry VIII's realm today than there are practicing Anglicans. Thanks to Leo XIII, we already knew Anglican orders are "absolutely null and utterly void"; a move is afoot now to make them also laughable.