Bury St Edmunds Dean’s ‘delight’ at Synod’s vote for women bishops

The Very Reverend Dr Frances Ward
The Very Reverend Dr Frances Ward
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On Monday, the General Synod of the Church of England gave its approval for women to become bishops, marking a historic change in centuries of tradition.

The vote was carried by the required two-thirds majority in all three parts of the Synod, the House of Bishops, the House of Clergy and, crucially, the House of Laity.

Subject to Parliamentary approval, it will come into force in November.

The Dean of St Edmundsbury Cathedral, The Very Reverend Dr Frances Ward, has welcomed the move, claiming ‘it’s about time’.

She said she was ‘absolutely delighted’ the legislation had ‘sailed through’, unlike in 2012 when it failed by six votes in the House of Laity.

Dr Ward added: “It’s really significant because it recognises women have a place representing God.

“I think it’s about justice, equality and about women being truly honoured as leaders in all fields of society.”