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Lincoln Diocesan Synod votes for women bishops

The Right Reverend Christopher Lowson
Image caption The Right Reverend Christopher Lowson said there had been a robust debate before the vote

The Lincoln Diocesan Synod has voted in favour of proposals to allow women bishops.

The Bishop of Lincoln, the Right Reverend Christopher Lowson, said the vote had followed a thorough debate on Saturday.

The Church of England has said there is no theological reason why women cannot become bishops but has asked each diocese to vote on the matter.

The issue is likely to be decided at the General Synod in July 2012.

'Right direction'

Bishop Lowson said: "This is a hugely significant area of discussion for the church and I thank members of the Synod for engaging in such a thoughtful and robust debate.

"It is important that we have collegial and respectful discussions, even when we don't necessarily agree with each other."

The Archdeacon of Stow and Lindsey, the Venerable Jane Sinclair, who is the most senior women in the diocese, said it was an important resolution.

"The national church must be for everyone.

"There is a place for everyone in the church, including those who disagree with women bishops and passing this resolution is a step in the right direction," she said.

The Diocese of Lincoln covers Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire and North-East Lincolnshire, making it the largest diocese in England by area.

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