Archbishop Welby’s statement on the women bishops vote in General Synod

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has applauded today’s vote at General Synod saying it “overwhelmingly” demonstrates the Church of England’s “widespread desire” to ordain women as bishops.

‘Today’s overwhelming vote demonstrates the widespread desire of the Church of England to move ahead with ordaining women as bishops, and at the same time enabling those who disagree to flourish. There is some way to go, but we can be cautiously hopeful of good progress. The tone of the debate was strikingly warm and friendly, and a great debt of gratitude is owed to the Steering Committee for the draft legislation, and to those who facilitated the meetings so effectively. The more we learn to work together the more effective the church will be in meeting the huge challenges of spiritual renewal, and above all service to our communities, so as to both proclaim and demonstrate the reality of the love of Christ.’

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