Bishop Nicholas Welcomes Vote For Women In Episcopate

by Gerry Lynch last modified 20 Nov, 2013 03:59 PM

Our Diocesan Bishop has welcomed today's overwhelming vote for a package which should see the episcopate opened to women by 2015, and make provision for those who, in conscience, disagree.

The Bishop of Salisbury, the Right Revd Nicholas Holtam, has welcomed the overwhelming positive vote at Church of England General Synod at the first stage of a process which should see England’s first women bishops consecrated by 2015.

Today’s vote was carried by an overwhelming majority of 378 to 8, with 25 abstentions. The legislative package discussed would allow for women bishops to be consecrated, and make provision for the minority of English Anglicans who are, in conscience, opposed to this step.

Bishop Nicholas said:

“I welcome the fact that the legislative package passed this initial vote by such an enormous margin, and that we have taken a significant step towards seeing women consecrated as bishops in the near future.

“I also welcome the very different atmosphere in which this debate took place. In contrast to November 2012, a spirit of trust and co-operation has been evident at General Synod.

“There will be further important votes during 2014, and success is still not guaranteed. The package which has been passed today will be for revision at February’s General Synod, before going out to dioceses for consultation and then hopefully back to General Synod for final revision and approval in July.

“This is a good day for those of us who are committed to the consecration of women bishops, and committed to a broad and inclusive Church of England where the minority still opposed to this step are cared for and encouraged to flourish.”

 

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