Church of England paves way for first women bishops

many-church-of-england-members-were-shocked-by-the-defeat-ofThe legislative process to allow women as bishops looks set to conclude this year after a vote by the Church of England’s parliamentary body today. The General Synod, meeting in London, gave the green light to fast track the process and cut the diocesan consultation period from six months to three. The agreement came over the course of four debates on Tuesday and follows intensive closed-door talks to draw up legislation that will not see a repeat of November 2012′s defeat, when legislation failed to gain the necessary two-thirds majority. With the majority of Anglicans in the Church of England supporting women bishops, the emphasis since that time has been on uniting supporters and opponents around simple legislation, and bringing the legislative process to conclusion in the shortest possible time. At its meeting last November, the General Synod made the unusual decision to dispense with a Revision Committee Stage for the new legislation so that the Synod could conduct the Revision Stage in Synod instead. More
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