Monday, November 19, 2012

Church of England Prepares for Vote on Female Bishops

From The New York Times-

Two decades after it supported the introduction of women priests, the Church of England was set to begin three days of deliberations on Monday that will include a critical vote on the ordination of female bishops — a notion that still splits its members and priests into rival camps.

The 470-member national assembly of the church, part of the worldwide Anglican Communion that is deeply divided on issues of gender and sexuality, is to vote on Tuesday on the issue. The measure requires the approval of all three houses of the synod — grouping bishops, clergy and laity — by a two-thirds majority.

While bishops and clerics are regarded as likely to endorse a compromise allowing traditionalist parishes to reject the authority of female bishops, the vote among lay members is far less assured, according to British analysts.

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