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Women bishops: Archbishop Justin's statement

Wednesday 20th November 2013

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby made this statement today after the General Synod approved a package of measures as the next steps to enable women to become bishops in the Church of England:

'Today's overwhelming vote demonstrates the widespread desire of the Church of England to move ahead with ordaining women as bishops, and at the same time enabling those who disagree to flourish. There is some way to go, but we can be cautiously hopeful of good progress. The tone of the debate was strikingly warm and friendly, and a great debt of gratitude is owed to the Steering Committee for the draft legislation, and to those who facilitated the meetings so effectively. The more we learn to work together the more effective the church will be in meeting the huge challenges of spiritual renewal, and above all service to our communities, so as to both proclaim and demonstrate the reality of the love of Christ.'

The Most Revd Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

Read more about proposals to ordain women as bishops on the Church of England website


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