Bishop of Worcester Dr John Inge backs approval for women bishops in Church of England

Malvern Gazette: The Bishop of Worcester, Dr John Inge, backed the vote to allow women bishops in the Church of England. The Bishop of Worcester, Dr John Inge, backed the vote to allow women bishops in the Church of England.

WOMEN bishops could be appointed by the end of this year in the Church of England after legislation backing the move was give final approval by the General Synod.

Members of the Church's governing body voted in favour of a measure allowing women bishops in a historic vote at York University.

The legislation received the necessary two thirds majority in all three Houses of the General Synod with 37 bishops voting in favour with two against and one abstention, 162 clergy in favour, 25 against and four abstentions.

In the crucial lay votes there were 152 votes in favour, 45 against and five abstentions.

The Bishop of Worcester, Dr John Inge, was among those to support the move and said he was "delighted" with the outcome.

“I am delighted by today’s vote, which means that the first women bishops will be ordained very soon," he said.

"The atmosphere of the debate was gracious and godly. After the disastrous vote of November 2012, it was a wonderful turnaround: it reminded me that God is able to turn anything around, just as He brought resurrection out of the crucifixion.

"What struck me most forcibly was the way in which pretty much everyone – even those who have conscientious objections to women becoming bishops – signalled their determination to stick together and go forward in trust.”

In spite of an appeal from the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, for the result to be heard in silence as is traditional in the Church of England at key votes, there was some clapping and shouts of "brill" from within the hall when the outcome was announced.

The success in the make-or-break vote comes after a plan to introduce women bishops collapsed in November 2012 when it was derailed by just six votes cast by lay members.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, staked his authority on a new set of proposals, bringing in mediation and conflict experts in an effort to resolve differences.

Speaking in the debate, Archbishop Welby assured traditionalists that Church of England bishops were committed to meeting their needs should they pass the legislation.

"I expect and hope that this vote will go through and I rejoice in it. But I also rejoice that we promise to seek the flourishing in the Church of all those who disagree," he said.

"If I did not think that was likely I could not support this legislation. You don't chuck out family or even make it difficult for them to be at home, you love them and seek their well-being even when you disagree.

"The House of Bishops means what we say."

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9:22am Tue 15 Jul 14

Jabbadad says...

Women Only lists and then the Men Only Golf and Working Mens Clubs next then.
Women Only lists and then the Men Only Golf and Working Mens Clubs next then. Jabbadad
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9:36am Tue 15 Jul 14

3thinker says...

Welcome to the modern world in which all are created equal !
Welcome to the modern world in which all are created equal ! 3thinker
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9:39am Tue 15 Jul 14

Jabbadad says...

Unless you are a husband. ha ha
Unless you are a husband. ha ha Jabbadad
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9:40am Tue 15 Jul 14

Robot 3021 says...

Steady on Bishop, the Church is only a century behind almost everyone else now!
Steady on Bishop, the Church is only a century behind almost everyone else now! Robot 3021
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11:52am Tue 15 Jul 14

PaulMeUnder says...

Congratulations on the Church of England catching up with the rest of England circa 1916. Just another 100 years to go!
Congratulations on the Church of England catching up with the rest of England circa 1916. Just another 100 years to go! PaulMeUnder
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