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UFU 2014

Church in Wales votes Yes to women bishops

Bishop of Bangor: 'I’m absolutely over the moon. This is a real step forward for the Church in Wales' 



Women will be allowed to become bishops in the Church in Wales following a landmark vote. 


The bill, tabled by the Bishop of St Asaph the Rt Rev Gregory Cameron and seconded by Bishop of Bangor the Rt Rev Andy John, was finally accepted by the church’s governing body after a previous vote failed by just three votes in 2008.


Bishop John said last night: “I’m absolutely over the moon. This is a real step forward for the Church in Wales. To have lost would have sent a terrible message to young people and the nation as a whole. I think we should have done this a long time ago.”


The decision now puts pressure on their English counterparts to follow suit - given that Scotland and Northern Ireland allow female bishops. 


A schedule would now be drawn up by the bench of bishops to find a way to allow those opposed to women bishops to remain within the church.


However, Father Ben Andrews, from Barry, said it could be difficult for some people to stay in the church if women bishops were allowed.


He said: “The bishop’s role is to hold the diocese together, and for those of us who in good conscience cannot accept the sacramental ministry of a woman bishop means we cannot be in communion with that bishop.
Disponível em:. Acesso em: 16 fev. 2014 (adaptado).



According to the text about the bill voted by the members of the Church in Wales, it is possible to say that it represents


I. a gain in women`s fights for equal rights.
II. a backlash, among the priests in Wales, against women bishops.
III. an outrage for some British bishops and priests.
IV. a threat for the Anglican Church in Scotland.
V. an insubordination among female members of the Church.



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