England: Legislation on women bishops becomes law at General Synod

Posted Nov 17, 2014

[Church of England] The General Synod has today enacted the measure enabling women to be ordained as bishops in the Church of England.

The formal enactment of the legislation – Amending Canon 33 – followed the vote on final approval by the synod at its meeting in July of this year. Since that time the legislation has been approved in the U.K. Parliament and received Royal Assent.

The final legislative requirements took place during a session chaired by Archbishop of York John Sentamu, on the first day of the synod’s meeting in London.

With the Instrument of Enactment having been read to synod, the motion was put without debate, with only a simple majority required for approval. Following the item being passed the legislation was signed into law by the archbishops of Canterbury and York before the whole synod.

Following the vote, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said: “Today we can begin to embrace a new way of being the church and moving forward together. We will also continue to seek the flourishing of the church of those who disagree.”

The text of the amending canon and instrument of enactment can be seen here.

ENS coverage of the July synod debate and vote is available here.