Church could have first women bishops by 2014
Monday 14 November 2011
The consecration of women as Church of England bishops is all but inevitable after a vote count across the country found overwhelming support for what is often described as "shattering the stained glass ceiling".
Over the past two months the Church of England's 44 dioceses have been voting on whether they approve of appointing women bishops, a proposal that was approved by Synod last summer after years of acrimonious dispute.
Only two dioceses – London and Chichester – have voted against the proposals, according to Women and the Church, which has spearheaded the decade-long campaign.
The results show how marginalised the minority of traditional and evangelical Anglicans who are opposed to women bishops have become.
The draft legislation will now go back to the Church's Synod next year for a final round of approval before it is passed to Parliament and becomes law. Under the current timetable it is likely that the first women bishops will be consecrated by 2014.
Pope Francis: Being an atheist is alright as long as you do good
That's some guestlist! Stunning images show huge dynastic wedding between Ultra-Orthodox Jewish families which attracted 25,000 guests
Man and woman arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder victim of Woolwich machete attack, named as Drummer Lee Rigby
'Sickening, deluded and unforgivable': Horrific attack brings terror to London’s streets
Exclusive: Suspect was inspired by cleric banned from UK after urging followers to behead enemies of Islam
- 1 Pope Francis: Being an atheist is alright as long as you do good
- 3 'Sickening, deluded and unforgivable': Horrific attack brings terror to London’s streets
- 4 Archaeologists uncover nearly 5,000 cave paintings in Burgos, Mexico
- 5 Woolwich attack: The EDL will seek to exploit this evil crime for their own evil ends
BMF is the UK’s biggest and best loved outdoor fitness classes
Find out what The Independent's resident travel expert has to say about one of the most beautiful small cities in the world
Nook is donating eReaders to volunteers at high-need schools and participating in exclusive events throughout the campaign.
Get the latest on The Evening Standard's campaign to get London's children reading.
Win anything from gadgets to five-star holidays on our competitions and offers page.