Diocese of ChichesterDiocese of Chichester

Synod votes to approve the latest proposals to allow women to become bishops.

Synod votes to approve the latest proposals to allow women to become bishops.

The Chichester Diocesan Synod has voted to approve the latest proposals to allow women to become bishops.

The Synod passed the motion on proposed changes to the draft Bishops and Priests (Consecration and Ordination of Women) Measure and draft Amending Canon No 33, which was referred to the dioceses by the General Synod last February.

The Measure and draft Amending Canon No 33 will now require a two-thirds majority in all three Houses (Bishops, Clergy and Laity) of General Synod at the final approval stage. If approved, the legislation would then go to Parliament for consideration by the Ecclesiastical Committee and each House of Parliament.

The voting figures in the Diocesan Synod debate were:

House

For

Against

Abstain

House of Bishops

1

 1

 1

House of Clergy

36

22

2

House of Laity

54

20

0