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Church in Wales to make decision next month about women bishops

From Daily Post

A Bill will be voted on by the 144 members of the Church’s legislative arm in September

THE Church in Wales will decide next month whether or not to allow women priests to be ordained as bishops.

Bishops in Wales have brought forward the issue again for debate five years after the proposal was defeated by a narrow margin of three votes among the clergy.

A Bill will be voted on by the 144 members of the Church’s legislative arm, the Governing Body, at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, at Lampeter, on September 12.

The measure requires a testing two-thirds majority in each of the three sections of the Governing Body in order to be passed – the House of Bishops, the House of Clergy and the House of Laity.

But if it is passed, it will not come into effect until a second Bill, outlining a scheme to provide for those who cannot accept women bishops, is also written and passed.

The process will start with a vote on three proposed amendments to the Bill.

The issue has been contentious in the Anglican Church in Wales and England.

Last month, the Church of England, meeting in York, voted to restart the process of introducing women bishops after wide recriminations over the defeat of legislation last year.

At the time, then Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams warned the church was “looking into the abyss” over the issue.

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