The Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Rev Justin Welby
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Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby on women bishops

The Church of England has voted to allow women to become bishops for first time in its history.

The General Synod gave final approval to legislation introducing the change by the required two-thirds majority.

Speaking in the debate, The Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Rev Justin Welby, said the church was a family, who loved each other even in disagreement.

Archbishop Welby has already said he hoped there would be a female bishop by the end of 2015.

He said the move would require "a long period of culture change".

  • 14 Jul 2014
  • From the section UK
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