Church of England synod vote ‘paves way’ for female bishops

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The Church of England's ruling body has voted in favour of proposals which could allow the ordination of women bishops next year.

Members of the general synod passed a motion with a majority of 378 to eight, with 25 abstentions.

It paves the way for endorsement of women bishops alongside a "declaration" by bishops setting out guidance for parishes which reject female ministry.

The package also includes the creation of an ombudsman to rule on disputes.

It could see traditionalist clergy who oppose women bishops and refuse to co-operate with the ombudsman's inquiries facing disciplinary proceedings.

The vote comes after the synod failed to agree on the legislation by just six votes almost exactly a year ago.

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  1. There is nothing in the bible that they could have recently ‘discovered’ even with the most ‘off the spar’ hermeneutics that could have produced this result. If there is a complete change of attitude then it is from the influence of modern secular values very much like all the other advances in society and morality. However this sudden swerve doesn’t compel them to go along with the whole thing in fact many of them that voted could well bale out later and sink it. Listening to the news on this I am sure that I heard the line there would be some guidance for those parishes that reject female ministry so that they are not discriminated against. The equivocation in that statement was remarkable. Apart from the laudable aim of allowing women the rights to be equally as barmy as all the other old wizards there is nothing particularly sensible about the whole thing and I’m rather saddened that there are women who want to become part of this dismal daftness.

  2. I thought they had a time limit of ten years before they could bring that up again after it was defeated by the Laity. Amazing what the impending collapse of your organisation will prompt.

  3. A last gasp attempt to stay modern and relevant and appeal to a broader base after centuries of claiming that the made up rules in their made up book give dominance only to white heterosexual males. In time as congregations continue to fall every other made up rule will get chucked out in desperation until the church finally dies off while being run by black, lesbian atheists performing marriages and funerals where the word God is never mentioned.

    By then of course the remaining religious people in the UK will be primarily muslims with a final few catholics lurking in secret in fear of their lives.

  4. Shrinking congregations arm-twisted the CoE to break this ancient tradition. Even the Catholic church will eventually react to shrinking congregations.

    Any sort of diversity you can inject into a church is going to disrupt rigid dogma.

    King Henry was a monster. The Miniseries The Tutors showed him is a much darker light than usual. There was nothing holy about the founding of the CoE. Perhaps that has helped stop them from getting too holier than thou, though they have been quite eager to butcher Catholics over history.

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      King Henry was a monster. The Miniseries The Tutors showed him is a much darker light than usual. There was nothing holy about the founding of the CoE. Perhaps that has helped stop them from getting too holier than thou, though they have been quite eager to butcher Catholics over history…

      Henry VIII did not found the CofE, he merely performed a hostile take-over of the pre-existing Catholic institution. Following the flip-flopping of his children, (of whom the Catholic; Mary seems to have been most bloodthirsty) it appears that the Presbyterian Church was the principal source of anti-catholic repression, with particularly bloody bouts from the Puritans during the Interregnum.

  5. Given that women have only had the vote for a hundred years in The uk this shouldn’t be so easily dismissed. Any move towards reinforcing the zeitgeist regarding equality should be applauded. who knows in another hundred years from now if the church still exist they will be able to remind us how they were in the vanguard of equal rights for women.

  6. If I wanted to be a bishop, I’d join or start a church that enabled me to be a bishop.

    I’d apply the same logic if I wanted to play tennis. I would join or start a tennis club. Hanging around, all my life, in a club that did not play tennis, when playing tennis was what I really wanted to do, would never cross my mind.

  7. I’m with Vorlund. I can’t understand why women want to go down this path. I thought they were too smart. One reason that comes to mind is that perhaps they want to push the males out in order to protect children from abuse.

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