The Revd Graham Hamilton (Exeter) to ask the Chair of the House of Bishops:
Q76 Since the enactment of the legislation on consecrating women to the episcopate and the adoption of the Five Guiding Principles for mutual flourishing, how many women have been made bishops, Deans or Archdeacons, and how many traditional Catholic or conservative Evangelicals unable for theological reasons to recognise the priestly or episcopal ministry of women have been appointed to such senior positions?
The Bishop to the Forces to reply as Chair of the Development and Appointments Group on behalf of the Chair of the House of Bishops:
A. With permission, I will answer questions 75 and 76 together.
Since the enactment of the legislation in 2014:
• 22 women have been ordained Bishop;
• 4 women have been appointed Deans
• 23 women have been appointed Archdeacons
• 31 women have been appointed Residentiary Canons
The diversity monitoring data for those appointed to senior roles since that time indicates that:
• 1 diocesan bishop;
• 2 suffragan bishops; and
• 1 archdeacon
identify themselves as either traditional catholic or conservative evangelical. However, the labels which people use to describe their church tradition do not necessarily correlate with whether they are unable for theological reasons to recognise the priestly or episcopal ministry of women.