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Church votes overwhelmingly to allow women bishops.

CAMPAIGNERS have welcomed a controversial move by the Church of England to allow women to become bishops.

The General Synod in York voted to remove the obstacles which prevent women from being ordained as bishops The decision threatens to split the church.

The motion to begin 'the process for removing the legal obstacles to the ordination of women' was proposed by the Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Rev Tom Butler.

He told the 500 delegates that women had been openly in ministry for 17 years.

He said: '.

There are good ecclesiological and theological reasons why women should be able to be ordained.'

Opposition was led by the Bishop of Chichester, the Rt Rev John Hind, who said the Church needed more time to consider the Rochester report.

The Bishop of Rochester's report, published earlier this year, set out the arguments for and against the ordination of women bishops.

The Bishop of Chichester said: 'What matters is not only whether it is right to have women bishops but also what it means to be a Church and the place of bishops in it.'

Afterwards, it emerged 41 bishops approved the motion and six opposed it, while 167 members of the clergy voted in favour and 46 against Rev Jean Mayland, a veteran campaigner in favour of the ordination of women and chair of the York branch of Women and the Church, said afterwards: 'I am absolutely delighted the Synod has taken this opportunity to move forward
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 12, 2005
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