The Guardian live blog of the synod has just reported that all three houses have approved the legislation:
General Synod votes for female bishops
General Synod votes in favour in all three houses:
Bishops: 37 in favour, 2 against, 1 abstention.
Clergy: 162 in favour, 25 against, 4 abstentions
Laity: 152 in favour, against 45, 5 abstentions.
That’s approval rates of 93%, 85%, and 75%, for each of the houses of bishops, clergy and laity, respectively.
This will have been the first vote of three.
From a CoE Twitter account:
#synod about to take first of three votes on women bishops. first vote is on principle, second and third on enabling legislation
Synod has also voted to amend canon legislation, meaning there will be no distinction between men and women in church law
- Guardian live blog
On the motion
That the Canon entitled “Amending Canon No 33” be finally approved
Bishops 37 in favour, 2 against, 1 recorded abstention
Clergy 164 in favour, 24 against, 3 recorded abstentions
Laity 153 in favour, 40 against, 8 recorded abstentions
and the motion was carried with the necessary two-thirds majorities in all three houses.
More, as further detail becomes available.
Some twitter commentary:
From Navin Motwani
In his first report from the synod, Andrew Brown quotes Tom Sutcliffe, previously opposed, who says that
the measure would now bring “episcopal femininity” that would enrich the church.
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