For the first time in history, women will be allowed to serve as bishops in the Church of England. The decision by the General Synod overturns generations of traditional rules discriminating against female clergy members.
According to World.Mic, members of the Church of England proposed a change in rules in 2012, but traditionalist members of the denomination resisted. Now women have the opportunity to "exert proportional influence and representation within the domestic church leadership, impacting policy and decision-making, providing a necessary perspective on critical issues of debate," World.Mic reports.
The Church of England's decision follows similar policy changes in other Anglican denominations in the United States, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.
Publication date: July 14, 2014