Church of England paves the way for women bishops

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The Right Rev. Justin Welby, bishop of Durham, was named the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury. Photo courtesy of Durham Cathedral

The Right Rev. Justin Welby, bishop of Durham, was named the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury. Photo courtesy of Durham Cathedral

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CANTERBURY, England (RNS) The agreement to allow women bishops would end nearly two decades of bitter conflict, and represents a victory for the new Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who was appointed last year just as a similar measure was defeated by just six votes.

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  • Duane Lamers

    Nothing illogical here. CofE approves of female ordination, and bishops must first be priests.

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  • Michael

    Who cares? Anglicans have no valid orders anyway, having repudiated them in the so-called Reformation. Let the ordain squirrels – won’t make any difference.

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  • Jeanne

    Reformation also got rid of other non Biblical Roman practices including
    papal authority, ecclesiastical hierarchies, the worship of Mary and saints
    last rites and indulgences, the treasury of merit, purgatory, transubstantiation, veneration of relics etc.etc.
    No justification however, for the ordination of women or female bishops

  • Jane Hart

    The above comments lack factual information. The Episcopal church in America does not ban Maryology,(In fact December is devoted to Mary including the tradition of the Blue Christmas Service) or the worship of saints, or the ordination of priests, deacons and Bishops. Ii is indeed a presbyterate, (college of priests & Bishops, as is the Roman church) & embraces all its history through its Roman Catholic past and the many contributors of the reformation, and the adaptations it had to make during the Revolutionary era to recognize separation of church from King. mIt recognizes the Pope ecumenically with deepest respect but does answer to the See of Canterbury. The opinions expressed are sadly lacking in reality. If you were to visit an Episcopal Church you would find much in common liturgically & historically with the Catholic mass.
    Athens difference is the adaptation to the real needs of the people it serves which the a Roman church has been unable to do. Each Friday night service at my Episcopalian seminary focuses on a saint’s feast, many of whom are also recognized in Roman tradition. Daily prayers include those from the order of St. Francis and all liturgy is based in scripture and The teachings of Aquinas (Summa Theologica), from Roman tradition. So I encourage you to investigate the facts rather than relying on hearsay or uninformed opinion.

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