12 February 2014

Church of England again debates women as bishops

On 11 February 2014, the Church of England General Synod (a national meeting of church representatives) gave its assent to new legislation that would enable women to become bishops. The last vote on this matter, in November 2012, was narrowly lost.

The new legislation, called a measure, is now going to the church’s 44 dioceses for their comment. General Synod will take a final vote on the matter in July. If the legislation passes, the U.K. Parliament still has to approve the change, adding extra months to the process. 

The Anglican church of Australia is a separate body and is not affected by these decisions.

Australia's first female bishop, Kay Goldsworthy, was consecrated on 22 May 2008.

The first woman to be appointed as an Anglican Diocesan Bishop (in charge of a diocese) Sarah Macneil, will be concecrated at Grafton in New South Wales on Saturday 1 March 2014.

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