House of Commons approves women bishops

Oct 21, 2014 by

By Carey Lodge, Christian Today: The House of Commons yesterday approved women bishops without a vote following the passing of legislation in the House of Lords last week. The proposal was passed by the General Synod in July but required the consent of Parliament. The Queen must also now approve the measure. Speaking before the Commons yesterday, Second Church Estates Commissioner Sir Tony Baldry said, “I hope this whole debate will be joyful, because this is a very joyful day for the...

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Lords debate women in the episcopate

Oct 17, 2014 by

By David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK: The legislative process to enable women to be ordained as bishops moved a step closed last night as the House of Lords agreed the Motion to Direct, moved by the Archbishop of Canterbury, [HL Hansard, 14 Oct 2014, Vol 756(38) Col 165] “That this House do direct that, in accordance with the Church of England Assembly (Powers) Act 1919, the Bishops and Priests (Consecration and Ordination of Women) Measure be presented to Her Majesty for the Royal...

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Women bishops approved by House of Lords

Oct 15, 2014 by

By John Bingham, Telegraph: The House of Lords has approved plans for women to become bishops in the Church of England in a historic debate which clears the way for the first female members of the episcopate within months. The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, also disclosed during the debate that all the main Westminster political parties had signalled their support for a plan to fast-track the first women bishops into the Lords. They have agreed to back a change in the law...

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New Bishop of Gloucester ‘likely to be a woman’

Sep 23, 2014 by

From BBC News: The first woman bishop in the Church of England could be in the Gloucester diocese, a senior clergyman has said. The archdeacon of Cheltenham’s comments came during an open meeting where some 70 people shared their views on what qualities the new bishop should have. The Venerable Robert Springett said he felt the likelihood was “really pretty high” as the diocese could now pick the best person regardless of gender. The Right Reverend Michael Perham, stood down...

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Swedish minister defrocked over anti-women priest sermon

Sep 23, 2014 by

by George Conger, Anglican Ink: The Church of Sweden has deposed a priest for having told his congregation in a sermon that those who support the ordination of women to the clergy will not be saved. On 19 September 2014 the Bishop of Gothenburg, the Rt. Rev. Per Eckerdal, (pictured) released a statement saying that after listening to a recording of an August 2013 sermon by the Rev. Olle Fogelqvist, the cathedral chapter voted to remove him from the ordained ministry for teaching doctrines...

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When women bishops come, here’s where conservative Anglicans will go

Sep 18, 2014 by

By Isabel Hardman, Spectator: The Anglican Mission in England looks like a support group. But if required, it could turn into rather more than that. Anglicans aren’t the sort of church-goers who set much store by miracles, signs and wonders. Yet their own church is one of the greatest miracles of our society: it has managed to hang together, in spite of raging differences, for centuries. Since 14 July, that miracle has been under threat. For most, it was a great leap forward when the General...

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