Women Bishops at the 1988 Lambeth Conference
Women are another step closer to gaining the right to be ordained bishops. The step forward was made by the Church of England when two more of its dioceses, Peterborough and Rippon and Leeds, voted in favour of opening the Church’s doors to women bishops.
This is according to a report by the Italian Episcopal Conference’s Religious Information Service (SIR). A total of 19 dioceses have now voted in favour. Just four more “yes” votes are needed to reach a majority of 23 over 44, which will make it possible to present the piece of legislation before the general Synod next July, where the definitive vote will be held. A two thirds majority will have to be reached in all three of the Synod’s Houses, that of the Clergy, the Bishops, and the Laity, in order for the Church of England to officially accept women bishops.
It was at the Synod held on July 2010 that the Church of England decided to open the way to women bishops. It is also for this reason that dozens of clerics and hundreds of lay people decided to abandon the Anglican Church, to join the Ordinariate, a structure conceived by the Catholic and Anglican Churches, for the purpose of allowing Anglicans to move to the Roman Catholic Church, keeping the Protestant liturgy rituals.
In a convention dedicated to the ordination of women bishops, hosted by the Anglican Archbishop, Rowan Williams, at his Lamberth Palace residence, two weeks ago, the leader of Anglican Communion said that “the message this conference wishes to send bishops, is that we must prepare for a change of culture.”
(Source: Vatican Insider, 10/3/2011)