Church of England enables Canon for women to be bishops

By staff writers
November 17, 2014

To great acclamation from long-term advocates, the Church of England General Synod has agreed to promulge and action the Canon enabling women to be bishops in the Church of England.

The move comes 20 years after the first women were ordained in the Church, again after many decades of pressure.

The Anglican Church in Wales and the Episcopal Church in Scotland have already passed measures on women bishops, but have yet to elect one. Predictions are that the Church of England, despite foot dragging, may be the first to do so.

WATCH (Women and the Church) said today that it rejoices that "after a long time of watching, waiting and campaigning, there will now be action. We look forward to hearing about and supporting those who will be nominated for upcoming vacancies. There is a deep and rich pool from which to draw."

"Although the legislation has passed a finish line, WATCH will continue to seek gender justice in the Church of England, that it may be a place of flourishing for women and men."

Hilary Cotton, Chair of WATCH added: “Today signals a profound shift in the Church of England, and for Anglicans around the world. Women and men will at last be able to use their gifts fully in the leadership of the Church.

"WATCH looks forward to bringing gender justice to fruition in the Church of England. From now, we are just getting started”.



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