Church in Wales votes for women bishops

By staff writers
12 Sep 2013

Following a landmark vote, women are to be allowed to become bishops in the Welsh Anglican Church.

Members of the Church in Wales’ 144-strong governing body voted through the proposals at a meeting in Lampeter today (12 September).

A two-thirds majority in each three of the church’s houses of laity, clergy and bishops was required. The laity voted 57 for and 14 against with two abstentions, the clergy backed the move by 37 to 10 while the bishops voted unanimously in favour.

Barry Morgan, Archbishop of Wales said it was "an historic day for the Church in Wales."

"There are two things we've done today" he added, "Firstly we've said it's possible for women to be ordained to the episcopate; that's a very important principle for the mission of the Church. Secondly, we we want to take care of those who find that decision difficult."

The Bishop of St Asaph, Gregory Cameron, said the change will come into effect in a year, to allow time for a pastoral care plan to be drawn up for those still opposed to women bishops.

It is thought that he decision will put pressure on the English church as to follow suit as Scotland and Northern Ireland also allow female bishops.

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