LONDON (AP) - The Church of England national assembly has
decided that women should be allowed to become bishops, making only
minor concessions to theological conservatives who have threatened
to break away over the issue.
Dioceses will now consider the draft law, which would let individual bishops allow alternative oversight for traditionalists within each diocese.
The dioceses must report back by 2012.
Members of the church's governing General Synod voted Monday in
favor of the proposal that paves the way for women to be made
bishops without restrictions to their authority.
The church's ruling synod had earlier rejected a compromise plan
proposed by traditionalist Anglicans that would have created a
category of male-only bishops to oversee traditional parishes.
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