The Church of England is, in its own confounding and impenetrable way, preparing to welcome women as bishops. At the meeting of its general assembly earlier this month
there was much debate about what should be done for Anglicans who do
not accept female clergy ahead of a vote this summer. Among these
traditionalists are several women.
One of them is Emma Forward, a
teacher in her 20s who was elected to the Church of England's lawmaking
body at 21, making her the youngest of its 485 members. One of almost
9,000 women who signed a petition in 2008 objecting to the ordination of women as bishops, she says many other female members of Synod share her views.
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