(Independent) Church of England poised to vote for women bishops

Posted by Kendall Harmon

A vigil in Westminster Abbey tomorrow morning will mark the start of three days that could change the Anglican church for ever. As the General Synod – the ruling body of the Church of England – meets in London tomorrow ahead of a crucial vote on Tuesday to decide whether women can be consecrated as bishops, the well-wishers in Westminster Abbey will be clasping their hands together in the hope of a smooth and harmonious vote.

But, with Synod insiders already predicting trouble, the prayers are likely to be in vain. Since the announcement of Justin Welby as the future Archbishop of Canterbury – and his use of his maiden speech in the job to throw his support behind women reaching the most senior positions in the church – many are cautiously optimistic that the measure will finally be voted through. But, if it is, it is unlikely to be without a fight. Online and email campaigns have been building grassroots support for a "yes" vote at a rapid rate. A website called Yes2womenbishops, which was set up only two weeks ago, has already had more than 11,000 visitors, and nearly 2,000 parishioners have used it to email their Synod representative.

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Posted November 18, 2012 at 2:00 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. MichaelA wrote:

Well, we will know one way or another soon.  But whatever happens, the conflict within CofE has barely started.

November 19, 5:48 am | [comment link]
2. Peter dH wrote:

The clause they added would have made it legal for those churches that chose not to have a woman bishop to cherry-pick a male replacement who sympathised with their beliefs on the matter.

Well, despite the attempted even-handedness of this article (and it’s better than most), it’s clear where the Independent’s sympathies ultimately lie. This caricature is arguably how 5.1(c) has been defeated. But it is not what it actually said.

November 19, 6:15 am | [comment link]
3. MichaelA wrote:

That is true.  Those in favour of the measure are putting out some outrageous claims about the protection it gives conservative Anglicans, in order to win them over to a Yes vote, or at least persuade them to abstain.  But it isn’t the case - the measure gives Anglicans who do not believe in Women’s Ordination very little protection at all.

November 19, 7:16 pm | [comment link]
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