Women bishops - crucial vote later today

History will be made today if the ruling body of the Church of England vote in favour of women bishops

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Gifted women can serve as Bishops

Right Reverend Tim Dakin, Bishop of Winchester Credit: Winchester Diocese

The Right Rev. Tim Dakin, Bishop of Winchester, has welcomed the news that women can now be ordained as Bishops saying at last gifted women can rise through the Church of England.

He said:“Synod's decision has sent out a joyful message. At last, gifted women leaders will be able to serve as bishops. I’m delighted, I hope this decision will allow for reconciliation and enable all to flourish in the church’s life and mission.

"For so long, including in our own diocese of Winchester, the Church of England has benefited greatly from the outstanding ministry of both women and men working together. Now, we can look forward to working together in our mission as bishops as well.

" This has been an emotional journey. That applies as much for those who have campaigned steadfastly for this day, as well as those whose traditional views have been challenged.

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