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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.

Church in Wales: 'Sadness' over Dean's resignation

The Archbishop of Wales has, with enormous sadness, accepted the resignation with immediate effect of the Very Rev Janet Henderson as Dean of Llandaff.

He has, in the meantime, asked the Archdeacon of Llandaff, the Venerable Peggy Jackson, as the senior member of the chapter, to have necessary oversight of the cathedral on his behalf, until a new dean is appointed.

– Church in Wales statement

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Llandaff Cathedral's first woman Dean resigns

No explanation for the Dean's departure has been given Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The first woman dean of Llandaff Cathedral has resigned - just two months after being installed.

The Very Rev Janet Henderson became only the second woman dean in Wales' history when she took on the role in March.

But last night the Archbishop of Wales Dr Barry Morgan confirmed he had accepted her resignation with immediate effect.

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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Church in Wales responds to same-sex marriage consultation

Bishops of the Church in Wales have responded to the UK Government’s consultation on same-sex marriage.

Prime Minister David Cameron has spoken out in support of gay marriage and the Government is consulting on whether to allow same-sex couples to marry in a civil ceremony.

The Government proposes to enable same-sex couples to marry through civil ceremonies, retain the option of civil partnerships for same-sex couples including the ability to have a civil partnership registration on religious premises but retaining the ban on religious elements forming part of the registration, allow transsexual people to change their legal gender without having to legally end their existing marriage or civil partnership, allow couples currently in a civil partnership the option of converting it into a civil marriage, and make no changes to how religious marriages are solemnised.

– UK Government equal civil marriage consultation

No changes to how religious marriages are solemnised have been proposed.

In a statement, the Church in Wales said provisions for recognising and supporting gay relationships already exist and that the Government's proposals would not add to these but 'raise the dangers of significant confusion'.

The Church in Wales also expressed concerns that the consultation document does not mention them - instead referring to the Church of England.

They stressed that they want the UK Government to include the Church in Wales in any provisions made for the Church of England.

The Church in Wales is committed to providing pastoral care and support to all who commit themselves to the important task of maintaining exemplary and faithful relationships, and nurturing family life. Arrangements for recognising and supporting these relationships are to be welcomed, but such provision already exists, and beyond raising the dangers of significant confusion and debate, the current proposals do not add to these provisions.

– Church in Wales statement
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