The Straits Times
Published on Nov 22, 2012

Church of England 'to eventually include women bishops'


ABUJA, Nigeria (AFP) - The incoming spiritual head of the world's Anglicans Justin Welby on Thursday said the Church of England would eventually include women bishops despite a vote this week rejecting such a move.

"It's clear that women are going to be bishops in the Church of England," the incoming Archbishop of Canterbury, told journalists after an event in the Nigerian capital Abuja, adding later: "Absolutely no question on that."

Tuesday's vote followed years of wrangling between traditionalists and liberals that exposed bitter divisions in the 85-million strong worldwide Anglican communion, as well as in its mother church.

The current Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has accused elements inside England's state church of being "wilfully blind" to the trends of wider society after its governing body, the General Synod, failed to pass the legislation by a razor-thin margin.