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Women bishops - really?

There was much media interest in the Church of England’s General Synod vote in July about women bishops (see August’s EN).

Alasdair Paine

It is well known that Synod has been considering this for some time; part of the question has been how to provide for those churches which disagree. The significance of the vote was that it set a course for the ordination of women as bishops, which makes no legally binding arrangements for dissenting congregations. More than that — but less well-known — is that the proposed legislation would also remove the right of a local church to specify that it wants its own minister to be a man.