Entries in Church of England (3)


Church of England Rejects Possibility of Female Bishops

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LONDON) – The Church of England rejected, by six votes, proposed legislation that would have allowed female clergy to become bishops.

The legislation needed a two-thirds majority in all three sections of the church in order to pass as law. The bishops voted 44-3 in favor, with 2 abstentions, and the clergy voted 148-45 in favor.

It was the laity section that struck down the yes votes, coming in at a tally of 132 votes in favor and 74 against. If six more votes had instead been in favor, the legislation would have passed.

There is the option to bring up new legislation for another vote, but church officials state that the process could take up to five years.

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Justin Welby Appointed New Archbishop of Canterbury

KEITH BLUNDY/AFP/Getty Images(CANTERBURY, England) -- A new head of the worldwide Anglican Church has been announced.  After two days of speculation, according to Religion News Service, British Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed in a statement that 56-year-old Justin Welby, a former oil executive, had been appointed to lead the 77 million-member church.

As the new Archbishop of Canterbury, Welby, a fast-rising priest with only a year of experience as a bishop, will have to deal with two issues now dividing his church. Same-sex marriage and the ordination of women as bishops have weighed on the church, but at a news conference Friday, Welby said he is "utterly optimistic" regarding the Church of England's future, RNS reports.

On gay marriage, Welby affirmed his opposition, but says he is willing speak out against exclusion and homophobia, and give more attention to his thoughts about the issue.

As for women being ordained as bishops, RNS reports the church could see a female bishop as soon as 2014 under Welby's leadership.  A vote, in which the archbishop is expected to move favorably, is planned for later this month in London, the Religion News Service reports.

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Church of England Looks to Twitter for Leader

KIMIHIRO HOSHINO/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The Church of England has been around since the 1530s, but leaders are turning to a modern means of communication to choose its new leader.

The UK Telegraph reports the church is using the social networking site Twitter to reach out to people all over the world to get feedback on who would be best to lead the church into the future. The Crown Nominations Commission will take names until May and eventually winnow down a list of possible successors to Dr. Rowan Williams as the Archbishop of Canterbury.  

Williams announced earlier this month that he'll step down in December.

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