Women may soon become bishops in Church of England

The House of Bishops has overwhelmingly approved the text of the legislation to enable women to become bishops in the Church of England.

The House of Bishops made clear its desire for the draft legislation to be passed into law when it goes forward for final approval to the Church of England’s General Synod in November.

Speaking on behalf of the House at the conclusion of their meeting, the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams said: “Since women were first made priests in the Church of England in 1994, their ministry has hugely enriched both church and society. It has become increasingly clear to most of us that barring women from becoming bishops is an anomaly that should be removed, for the good of the Church’s mission and service.”

Dr. Williams urged all members of the Synod to reflect carefully on what the Bishops have decided.

“I am convinced that the time has come for the Church of England to be blessed by the ministry of women as bishops and it is my deep hope that the legislation will pass in November,” Dr. Williams said.

The full vote on the legislation will take place at the meeting of the General Synod of the Church of England in London from 19th to 21st November 2012.

For the legislation to pass it will require a two thirds majority in each of the Houses of Bishops, Clergy and Laity.