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Yes! Bishop welcomes passing of women bishop legislation

Date: 11 July 2014
Statement by the Bishop of Dorking on passing of legislation for Women Bishops 14 July 2014 The Right Rev Ian Brackley said: “I am delighted that the legislation has been passed, not merely on a personal level, but because I believe it is very good news for the Church. “I look forward to the time in the near future when we shall have women as colleagues in the College and House of Bishops and in the House of Lords. “This will have a positive effect too, I trust, for the wider Anglican Communion, for once the Church of England moves on something like this, then our sister Provinces that presently do not ordain women as priests and bishops may seriously consider doing so. “I also believe that passing this legislation will not affect for the worse our ecumenical relationships with the Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches. On the contrary the Church of England will be able to model with integrity how opening all orders of ministry to women can liberate the Church from being locked in by its past negative tradition and mindset, which believes that only men can and should be God’s appointed leaders. So, well done, General Synod!” Synod

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