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Church of England urged urgently to revive female bishops plan

by Lizzy Davies, Guardian

A senior body of the Church of England has said attempts to allow women to become bishops should be revived "as a matter of urgency", with fresh proposals debated in the General Synod next year.
 
The call is a clear sign of concern over the damage that could be done to the church's image and status if the issue remains unresolved for years.
 
In a statement at the end of a two-day meeting in Sheffield, the Archbishops' Council called on the house of bishops to come up with a strategy in December for bringing revised plans before the synod in July, meaning a final approval vote could be expected in late 2014 or 2015.
 
When the vote on female bishops failed last week, it was thought that the synod might have to wait until 2015 for the matter to be tackled again. But the ensuing outcry from within the church, among the general public and in parliament led the church's most senior "civil servant", William Fittall, to urge the Archbishops' Council to consider an "urgent and radical" new strategy that could see women in the episcopate by 2015.
 
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