Quite an amazing breakthrough for women in the hitherto traditionally male-only House of bishops. The fact that the additional women do not have to be diocesan bishops is a sign of encouragement to those of us who believe - like Pope Francis - that women have something special to give to the leadership of the Church.
Whether this will encourage our Roman confreres to consider moving forward with the possibility of ordaining women as deacons in their Church, though, remains to be seen. Good on you, Church of England!
I echo Father Ron's comments, congratulations to the C of E. The appointment of 10 women as bishops in just 18 months is beyond anyone's expectations, and a recognition of the leadership and dedication of thousands of women to gospel ministry in difficult and constrained circumstances over the last few decades.
It will be interesting to see when it is decided that the extra female episcopal representation is no longer required; when do female bishops become "normal" in the life of the church?
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