Female bishops in England are "only a matter of time" and it would be "nonsensical" to prevent them, a vocal campaigner for women in the church has said.
Reverend Jody Stowell was very respectful of opponents to women bishops in the church, saying, "I think people who are opposed are more just concerned about what is the right thing to do."
The governing body of the Church in Wales has voted to allow women bishops for the first time.
The decision leaves the Church of England as the only branch of Anglicanism in Britain that still bans women from holding the post.
ITV News' Social Affairs Editor Penny Marshall reports:
- England: General Synod voted down a measure to allow women bishops in November 2012. Another measure is afoot which could be voted on in July 2015.
- Wales: Governing Body of the Church in Wales has today approved ordination of women from 12 September 2014.
- Ireland (including Northern Ireland): Approved the ordination of women as priests and bishops in 1990, although no women have been ordained so far.
- Scotland: Scottish Episcopal Church has allowed women bishops since 2003. While a female priest was shortlisted in 2010, none has been ordained.
The Bill allowing women to be ordained as bishops in Wales will come into force one year from today after a last-minute amendment to speed up its implementation.
An original motion, put forward by the six bishops in Wales, would have meant that special arrangements had to be found for priests who do not want to be led by a woman.
This was amended to a one-stage vote to enable the consecration of women as bishops from September 2014.
There were reportedly "huge cheers" after the Church in Wales' governing body voted in favour of women bishops at a meeting in Lampeter, Ceredigion.
Huge cheers as this was passed in the hall. But business not over... Now we hear poems from Revd Peter Walker #govbody
Women will be allowed to become bishops in the Church in Wales following a key vote at the Anglican groups meeting in Lampeter, West Wales today.