World Women can now be Bishops in the Church of England



Leaders of the Church of England have voted to allow women to become bishops for the first time in its history.

The legislation was passed at the church's General Synod, the three-times-a-year meeting that sets policies for the church, which is being held in the city of York, CNN reported.

The Church of England first began ordaining women as priests in 1994 and has been debating whether they should become bishops since 2005.

A previous vote in 2012 on ordaining women bishops was backed by the Houses of Bishops and Clergy but blocked by traditionalist lay member.

The first female bishop could be appointed by the end of the year, the church said.


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