Canterbury votes for women bishops


May 2011

By Matt Cresswell, CEN

THE PROPOSED women bishops’ legislation provides “adequate provision” for those unable to accept the ministry of women, the Bishop of Dover has said.

Speaking to members of the Canterbury Diocesan Synod who voted in favour of the suggested legislation on women bishops at the weekend, Bishop Trevor Willmott said that for a long time God had been calling women to share in ordained ministry.

However, traditionalists in the Church say that Bishop Willmott has been steadfast in refusing to even listen to their objections.

At the meeting, the proposals were approved with a large majority across all three houses. In total, 42 members of the house of clergy voted in favour of the measure with just eight voting against. The house of laity also had a clear majority in favour of the legislation,
with 52 voting in favour and six against (with two abstentions).

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