Church of Eng­land backs fe­male bishop pro­pos­als

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LON­DON | The Church of Eng­land’s rul­ing body has voted in sup­port of pro­pos­als that could ap­prove fe­male bish­ops next year.

The is­sue has long di­vided the church. Ne­go­ti­a­tions among se­nior church mem­bers col­lapsed last year, and the Gen­eral Synod failed to pass leg­is­la­tion by six votes, prompt­ing out­cries from church lead­ers and crit­i­cism by Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron.

On Wed­nes­day, the ma­jor­ity of the Gen­eral Synod voted in fa­vor of the pro­pos­als, which ap­ply only to Eng­land and in­clude guid­ance for parishes that re­ject fe­male min­istry.

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