Church of England backs female bishop proposals
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.