Holtam Welcomes Historic Women Bishops Decision

by Michael Ford last modified 14 Jul, 2014 05:15 PM

The Bishop of Salisbury, the Right Revd Nicholas Holtam, has welcomed the historic decision that will lead to the consecration of the first women bishops in the Church of England.

The Church of England’s General Synod passed legislation by more than the necessary two-thirds majority in each House. This could see the first women consecrated bishops in the next year.

Bishop Nicholas said:

“This historic decision has rightly opened up the episcopate to all, regardless of gender.

“Although this is a new departure for England, it should be noted that Anglican women are already bishops in nine other countries. In some countries, women bishops have now been serving for a quarter of a century.

“I was particularly pleased by the principled and generous spirit in which this debate took place. I look forward to helping ensure that spirit continues to nurture a Church in which all can flourish, including the minority who cannot, in conscience, support this step.”

ENDS

Notes
There are already female Anglican bishops serving in Australia, Canada, Cuba, India, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, Swaziland and the United States.

Voting figures
                                    For          Against    Abstaining
House of Bishops       37            2              1

House of Clergy         162          25             4

House of Laity            152          45             5

 

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