Advertisement

Celebrating 20 years of women clergy

Hundreds of women clergy and their family and friends have gathered ahead of a national service to mark the 20th anniversary of the first female priests in the Church of England.

View all 2 updates ›

Archbishop of Canterbury: The Church of England still has a "long way to go"

The Archbishop of Canterbury said the Church of England still has a "long way to go" as he spoke of the scars and "hurt" suffered by campaigners in favour of women's ordination in the face of "knee-jerk" resistance to change.

The Most Rev Justin Welby said celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of the ordination of the first women to the priesthood in the Church of England should not overlook the "costly grind" of those who fought for the change to take place.

In a sermon at a national service in St Paul's Cathedral to mark the anniversary, the Archbishop warned against "triumphalism" but said the ordination of women should be celebrated with a "fullness of heart and no holding back".

More top news