Protest as fe­male bishop is or­dained

Macclesfield Express - - NEWS - KAREN BRIT­TON karen.brit­ton@men­media.co.uk @KarenBrit­ton1

THE Church of Eng­land’s first fe­male bishop was con­se­crated in a his­toric ser­vice which was dis­rupted by a lone pro­tester.

The Rev­erend Libby Lane was or­dained as the eighth Bishop of Stock­port dur­ing a ser­vice at York Min­ster on Mon­day – end­ing cen­turies of all male lead­er­ship. But it was dis­rupted when Arch­bishop of York, Dr John Sen­tamu, asked the con­gre­ga­tion if it was their will that Rev Lane was or­dained.

As the con­gre­ga­tion of nearly 2,000 peo­ple replied “It is”, the Rev Paul Wil­liamson stepped for­ward and shouted: “No. Not in my name. Not in the Bi­ble.” Dr Sen­tamu re­peated his ques­tion and there was no fur­ther in­ter­rup­tion, al­low­ing the con­se­cra­tion to go ahead.

Rev Lane is a mum-oftwo who has been vicar of St Peter’s in Hale and St El­iz­a­beth’s in Ash­ley and is mar­ried to the Rev George Lane, 46, the Manch­ester Air­port chap­lain.

She will work in Mac­cles­field in her new role, in­clud­ing car­ry­ing out a ser­vice to wel­come the new vicar at Sut­ton St James, Rev John Har­ries, on Mon­day, May 11.

She said: “I am grate­ful for the con­fi­dence placed in me by the Dio­cese of Ch­ester. This is un­ex­pected and very ex­cit­ing.

“I am very con­scious of all those who have gone be­fore me. But most of all I am thank­ful to God.”

Anna Gowthorpe

●● The Rev Libby Lane with Arch­bishop of York Dr John Sen­tamu after her or­di­na­tion as Bishop of Stock­port

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