Women Bishops - Response of other Churches to CofE3 candles sq

On 14th July 2014 the Church of England took a synodical decision that made it possible for women to be Bishops in the Church of England.

There has been some debate about the ecumenical implications of this decision taken by one of the member Churches of Churches Together in England, in relation to other member churches. This page is a summary of responses that have been made. Other responses may be added.

Roman Catholic

Church of England women bishops vote is obstacle on the path to unity, say Catholic bishops:

'Vote for Women bishops does not create 'new reality' for ecumenism, says Vatican official':

Baptists Together:

'Baptists Together welcome the Women Bishops Vote':


'Methodist Churches welcomes 'yes' vote on women bishops:

World Council of Churches:

'Church of England's vote on women bishops':

The press release and background to the CofE decision:

Press release re Women Bishops decision @ CofE General Synod 14.07.14

Background to the CofE process with reports and related links

And from Twitter:


The Prime Minister: 'I warmly welcome today's vote formally aproving women bishops - a great day for the Church and for equality' @Number10gov.

The President of Methodist Conference, Revd Ruth Gee: 'Excellent news'. @RuthMGee 

Reform magazine of the United Reformed Church: 'Well done, Church of England'. @Reform_Mag:

Letter to ecumenical partners

Letter from Archbishop of Canterbury to ecumenical partners re General Synods decision to allow women to become bishops, emphasising that churches 'need each other'.

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