The General Synod decision to proceed with the Measure that will provide for the ordination of women as bishops will widely be greeted with huge relief, ending a prolonged period of uncertainty and introspection in the Church of England.
Across the whole of society, today's decision will be received as an overwhelming affirmation of women, and their dignity, of their ordained ministry and the gifts that God has given the Church through them.
But the vote also embraces commitment to Conservative Evangelicals and traditionalist Anglo-Catholics who are troubled in their theological conscience by this development as having a legitimate and assured place within the Church Of England. The legislative package that has been agreed is reinforced by the House of Bishops' Declaration that contains the 5 principles outlining how our future life should be shaped as a Church committed to the worship of God, the work of evangelism, and our commitment to the common good in society.
My prayer and hope is that the Holy Spirit will inspire us with the wisdom, gentleness and humility needed for this task God has entrusted to us.
With thanks for our partnership in the gospel.
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