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Female Bishops Disallowed in the Church of England


Archbishop Rowan Williams called the ordination of women as priests but not bishops "a real anomaly in the Church."

As reported by The Christian Post, the Church of England has voted down a proposal that sought to allow women to become bishops. The vote came after a day’s debate in the General Synod Tuesday, but finally the proposal just barely missed the two-thirds majority needed to pass. Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams was a supporter of women bishops; he said “A Church that ordains women as priests but not as bishops is stuck with a real anomaly, one which introduces an unclarity into what we are saying about baptism and about the absorption of the Church in the priestly self-giving of Jesus Christ.” Archbishop Williams will retire in December. The Church of England has been ordaining women as priests for 18 years.

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