|dethalternate||Date: Monday, 17-November-2014, 9:47 PM | Message # 1|
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Supporters have welcomed the change but divisions remain within the church, as Caroline Wyatt reports
The Church of England has formally adopted legislation which means its first female bishops could be ordained next year.
The amendment was passed with a show of hands at the general synod.
The first women priests were ordained in 1994, but to date they have not been able to take on the Church's most senior roles.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said the move meant the start of "a new way of being the church".
But divisions remain between Anglicans who feel it is consistent with their faith and traditionalists who disagree.
The general synod voted to back plans for female bishops in July.
A prior move to allow women to stand as bishops was defeated in 2012 by six votes cast by lay members of the general synod, the law-making body of the Church of England.
Read more/full article/source - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-30074257