Church Of England Greenlights Female Bishops – 18 November 2014

RT logoIn a historic vote on Monday, Church of England leaders finalized legislation allowing women to become ordained bishops.

The general synod, the Church’s law-making body, passed the change to cannon law with an overwhelming majority in London. Only 30 people out of 480 voted against it.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, described the radical move – first proposed in July – as “a new way of being the Church.”

Though female priests were first ordained in 1994, women were not permitted to take senior posts within the Church hierarchy until now.

Archbishop Welby announced that the Church is already in the process of training women for the posts. The first female bishops are expected to be ordained next year.

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