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'Huge cheers' as bill passes to allow women as bishops

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Here's the full vote. Laity - For 57 Against 14 Abs 2. Clergy - For 37 Against 10 Abs 0. Bishops unanimous. #govbody #womenbishops

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Huge cheers as this was passed in the hall. But business not over... Now we hear poems from Revd Peter Walker #govbody

Church in Wales holds women bishops vote

A vote will be held today to decide whether or not in principle to allow women priests to be ordained as bishops Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The Church in Wales will decide today whether or not in principle to allow women priests to be ordained as bishops.

A Bill, proposed by the six diocesan bishops of the Church, will be voted on by the 144 members of the Church's legislative arm, the Governing Body.

The Bill will need a two-thirds majority in each of the three sections of the Governing Body - the House of Bishops, the House of Clergy and the House of Laity - in order to be passed.

Even if passed, it will not come into effect until a second Bill outlining a scheme of provision for those who cannot accept women bishops is written and passed.

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

An attempt to establish women bishops was made in 2008 but was lost by three votes in the House of Clergy.

The vote will take place at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, in Lampeter.

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Church meeting's key topics

Among the items that will be discussed today at a meeting of the governing body of the Church in Wales are:

  • A report from the Church's Rural Life advisers and a motion to affirm ministry with the farming industry and small isolated communities as well as set up a Rural Life Group
  • A presentation about the Covenanted Churches and the Gathering event held last autumn
  • A report of St Michael's College, Llandaff
  • A report from the Anglican Consultative Council's meeting in New Zealand in November

Church in Wales' conference to end

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A vote on women bishops was held during a meeting General Synod of the Church of England in November last year Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A two-day conference of the governing body of the Church in Wales in Lampeter will come to an end today. The meeting is discussing the ordination of women as bishops - one of the most divisive issued among the Church community.

The 144 members of the governing body have been put into seven groups each facilitated by a bishop, to consider two papers - one that outlined the case for the ordination of women and one that set out the case against.

Lampeter meeting to discuss if "the time is right" for women bishops

It is now five years since the last time that Governing Body considered the question of the ordination of women to the episcopate, and many of its members will have changed.

The bishops feel it is important that Governing Body has the opportunity to explore the theological questions behind these issues, and understand the reasons why those opposed to the ordination of women to the episcopate wouldn't be able to accept the sacramental ministry of a woman bishop, as well as the theological reasons why those in favour believe that the time is right for such as a step.

– Gregory Cameron, Bishop of St Asaph

Church in Wales to discuss women bishops

The introduction of women bishops was rejected by the Church of England last year Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Church in Wales is set to discuss the ordination of women priests as bishops during a two day meeting in Lampeter which starts later.

144 members from the Church in Wales will be separated into seven groups to consider two papers – one outlining the case for the ordination of women and one setting out the case against.

In April 2008 the Bench of Bishops sponsored a Bill proposing that women be enabled to be ordained as bishops but the Bill was declared lost after it failed to achieve support by the necessary two-thirds majority.

A further two-stage Bill ordaining women as bishops will be introduced to the Governing Body in September.

Last year a vote by the Church of England for the ordination of women bishops was narrowly rejected.

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