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Church Of England’s First Female Bishop To Be Ordained Today In England

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The Church of England has finally resolved its issues about ordaining women as bishops.This marks an end to  20 years of legislative arguments of appointing women as Bishop.

Its first female bishop will be appointed during a ceremony at York Minster on Monday, January 26, 2015.

York Minster clergy

The Reverend Libby Lane, 48, will be ordained as the new Bishop of Stockport.

Mrs Lane has been vicar of St Peter’s Hale and St Elizabeth’s Ashley, in Greater Manchester, since April 2007.

Reverend Libby Lane

Speaking during an interview, Mrs Lane admitted she feels really happy about the appointment.

She said, “It is a remarkable thing that this happens to me, and people have been very supportive of me personally, but actually this is about a moment in the Church’s history.”

The archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has however predicted that in 10 years, half the Church of England’s bishops might be women. “Ten to 15 years would be reasonable. It depends when people retire,” he said.

“The aim is that you end up with a big pool of people where gender is irrelevant. We are going to take this very, very seriously.”

 

 

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