Delight as House of Commons gives backing to women bishops

The Bishop of Tewkesbury, the Rt Revd Martyn Snow, has spoken of his delight that plans to appoint women as bishops in the Church of England have been backed by MPs.

But he warned that there was still much to be done to ensure that there are equal opportunities for both sexes within the Anglican Communion.

Members of the House of Commons approved the Bishops and Priests (Consecration and Ordination of Women) Measure when it came before them on Monday night (20 October). It comes a week after it was given the backing of the House of Lords.

Bishop Martyn said: “I'm delighted that both the House of Lords and House of Commons have now approved plans for women to become bishops in the Church of England.

“The way is now open for women to be interviewed alongside men for the most senior roles in the church.

“However this is not the end of the road as there is much still to do to ensure true equality of opportunity and I am pleased that both the national church and our own diocese are working hard to support clergy and lay ministers to reach their full potential.”

The Church of England’s ruling General Synod voted in favour of making the change to allow women to become bishops in July. The motion was passed in all three houses.

The Revd Canon Robbin Clark, Dean of Women Clergy for the Diocese of Gloucester, has spoken to BBC Radio Gloucestershire about MPs approving the plans to appoint women bishops. You can listen to her interview below:

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