The Synod of Liverpool Diocese has overwhelmingly voted in favour of legislation that will enable the Church of England to have its first women bishops by the end of the year.
The last General Synod in February put forward a single motion for every diocesan synod to debate and discuss before May 22nd. If the majority of the Church of England’s 44 dioceses approve the legislation it is likely that it will come into force in November.
After a measured debate synod voted on the motion:- “That this Synod approve the proposals embodied in the draft Bishops and Priests (Consecration and Ordination of Women) Measure and draft Amending Canon No 33.”
The results of Liverpool’s Diocesan Synod were:-
For Against Abstentions
House of Bishops 1 0 0
House of Clergy 45 1 1
House of Laity 50 0 2
The Rt Revd Richard Blackburn, Bishop of Warrington said “I am totally unsurprised by this overwhelming vote. Women’s ministry is well established in our diocese and I am delighted we have reaffirmed this with such a positive vote. I look forward to the day when I can welcome the first woman to the College of Bishops”