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Church of England ends ban on gay bishops

Church of England ends ban on gay bishops

The Church of England has dropped its opposition to gay clergymen in civil partnerships becoming bishops, provided the men concerned promise to remain celibate.

Sunday, 6 January, 2013, 3:40am

Church of England to allow gay bishops in civil partnerships

A general view of the Church of England General Synod meeting at Church House in central London on November 20, 2012. Photo: AFP

The Church of England has dropped its opposition to gay clergymen in civil partnerships becoming bishops, provided the men concerned promise to remain celibate, it confirmed on Friday.

5 Jan 2013 - 9:56am

Christians could be a minority in England and Wales by 2018

An increasing number of people in England and Wales profess no faith.

Christians could be in a minority in England and Wales by 2018, according to analysis of the latest census results, which have revealed a fall of more than four million in the number of people who describe themselves as adhering to the faith.

13 Dec 2012 - 5:05am

Africa appoints first woman Anglican bishop

Ellinah Wamukoya

While the Church of England wrings its hands over the appointment of women bishops, Africa's first woman Anglican bishop is determined to get on with the job without being hung up on the gender debate.

"All leaders are ordained by God," said Swazi primate Ellinah Wamukoya, 61, skimming over the issue that has brought her worldwide attention.

26 Nov 2012 - 4:26am

Church of England votes against women bishops

The Church of England General Synod meeting in London in which the appointment of women as bishops was narrowly rejected. Photo: AFP

The Church of England has "undoubtedly" lost credibility, its leader said yesterday, after the mother church of millions of Anglicans worldwide narrowly rejected the appointment of women bishops.

The outcome of the vote, which followed years of wrangling between traditionalists and liberals, triggered turmoil and set back efforts to modernise the church.

22 Nov 2012 - 4:08am

Church of England lost credibility on women bishops

Outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams speaks during a meeting of the Church of England General Synod on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

The Church of England has “undoubtedly” lost credibility after voting to reject the appointment of women bishops, its leader the Archbishop of Canterbury said on Wednesday.

Rowan Williams accused elements inside the church of being “wilfully blind” to the priorities of wider society after its governing body, the General Synod, voted against the move by a razor-thin margin.

21 Nov 2012 - 9:36pm 3 comments

Church of England rejects legislation on women bishops

Female members of the clergy leave after the Church of England's draft legislation approving women bishops failed to pass during the England General Synod. Photo: AFP

The Church of England voted on Tuesday against allowing women bishops after it failed to win the support of enough lay members for the reform, leaving the Church facing more internal strife over an issue that has divided it for years.

21 Nov 2012 - 3:58am

Church heads for critical vote on women bishops

The Bishop of Durham, Justin Welby, who will become the head of the Church of England, supports the idea of a compromise on women bishops. Photo: AP

Two decades after it supported the introduction of women as priests, the Church of England began three days of deliberations on Monday that will include a critical vote on the ordination of women as bishops – a notion that still splits its members into rival camps.

20 Nov 2012 - 2:02pm

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20 Nov 2012 - 3:09am

New Anglican leader Justin Welby backs women bishops

Justin Welby, the next archbishop of Canterbury. Photo: EPA

The new leader of the world's Anglicans said yesterday he backed women bishops and would examine his thinking on gay marriage, tackling issues that have divided followers across the world.

10 Nov 2012 - 3:44am