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Synod gives green light to women bishops

Dean of St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Frances Ward

Dean of St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Frances Ward

The Dean of St Edmundsbury Cathedral has welcomed St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Synod’s decision to overwhelmingly support the introduction of women bishops.

The Dean of St Edmundsbury Cathedral has welcomed St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Synod’s decision to overwhelmingly support the introduction of women bishops.

The Very Reverend Dr Frances Ward, Dean of St Edmundsbury Cathedral, said: “I believe women should be bishops. I think the sooner the better and I’m sure it will be happening now.”

The Synod voted 111-0 with three abstentions in favour of the ordaining of women bishops.

Dr Ward said people had been shocked the ordaining of women bishops had not been approved in 2012, when the regional Synod had also voted in favour.

Dr Ward said: “This is a tradition that goes back 2,000 years. It’s a big change and I think people have now experienced women priests and have come around to thinking it’s a good idea.

“I do think women do bring particular gifts, skills and experience which the church needs to benefit from.”

The decision to ordain women bishops will go before the General Synod in July after which it advances to Parliament.

Dr Ward expects to see the first women bishops ordained in 2015.

 

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