50 Percent of Church Synod Backs Fully Ordained Women Bishops

Proposals to create a second tier of bishops especially for women in the Church of England have been rejected this week by campaigners. The Church was urged to proceed with a single measure to implement the consecration of women bishops alongside those of men.

The campaigners were made up of two groups: Watch (Women And The Church), and Affirming Catholicism. The group, claimed to represent nearly 50 percent of the Church of England Synod members, proposed some core values by which all women bishops should be appointed.

A statement stated that pastoral provision for opponents of women priests “should not create structures which undermine the catholic order of the church or suggest ambivalence about the Church’s decision to admit women to the threefold ministry,” according to the Church of England newspaper.