First woman bishop likely next year

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Published: Friday 24th October 2014 by The News Editor

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The first female Church of England bishop is likely to be appointed in 2015, a senior official has said.

The General Synod is likely to pass an amendment to church law “in minutes” allowing women to serve in the post when it meets in London next month, its general secretary William Fittall said.

The first diocese vacancy to come up after the “canon” law is changed will be Southwell and Nottingham, he said, followed by Gloucester, Oxford and Newcastle.

He revealing that potential female candidates are already being prepared to run for upcoming posts and that positive discrimination could be used to choose a women over a man in the “rare” event of a dead heat.

Mr Fittall said: “When you have half the human race not eligible even for consideration, at the point at which they do become eligible there are manifestly people who might well have been considered in the past, (and) have already done important and senior jobs in the Church of England and it would be surprising if some were not considered suitable for this responsibility.

“So I would be surprised, personally, if we didn’t have the first announcement in 2015.”

Published: Friday 24th October 2014 by The News Editor

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