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article imageFemale bishops coming to the Church of England at last

By Marcus Hondro     Nov 17, 2014 in Politics
It has been a very long time coming but the Church of England has at last jumped the last hurdle and the ordaining of women bishops is here. The final, formal approval was given today with a simple show of hands.
That show of hands came at the general synod meeting at Church House in Westminster today, Monday, Nov. 17, and it was indeed a formality. The official approval for female bishops - the first will come sometime in the year 2015 - came last summer. At that time necessary votes were taken before multiple church bodies but it took today's show of hands to make it undeniably, officially over and done.
"Today we can begin to embrace a new way of being the church and moving forward together," Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby told the assemblage, "We will also continue to seek the flourishing of the church of those who disagree."
It has been a long time coming, not meaning just the centuries the Church of England has existed but the time since, in the last century, a call for it to happen began the dramatic change the church experience today. In 1987 the church saw its first women deacons, a position just lower than a priest, then in 1994 the first woman priest (there are now almost 8,000 women priests in the church)
In July the measure passed in the House of Bishops, with 37 in favour, 2 against and one abstention. The House of Clergy passed it 162 in favour, 25 against and four abstentions. The House of Laity approved it by 152 for, 45 against and five abstentions.
As the Church is technically a part of the government of England, and the Queen its titular head, it had to go through the Ecclesiastical Committee of the well. In Parliament, both the House of Lords and House of Commons approved women bishops in October.
There was a hiccup on the way to this day as in 2012 the General Synod voted against approving women bishops, by just six votes. But today all of that can be, if not forgotten, then put aside as the Church of England celebrates a new day.
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