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One day a woman will fill this role, says new Anglican head
Given its recent furore over female bishops' ordinations, this prediction by the Anglicans' newly installed head may raise some eyebrows.
- United Kingdom
- March 22, 2013
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, says he is convinced his role will eventually be held by a woman.
He said it would "certainly" happen one day despite the Church of England General Synod's rejection of plans to admit women to the episcopate in November last year.
He voiced confidence that a new measure to be fast-tracked onto the agenda when the Synod meets in July would eventually succeed.
He was speaking as he prepared to be enthroned as Archbishop in a ceremony at Canterbury Cathedral, confirming him as leader of the Church of England and the nominal head of the 77 million-strong worldwide Anglican Church.Speaking to Channel 5 News, the Archbishop said a woman would undoubtedly sit on the throne of St Augustine one day.
Asked when this might be, he said: "When the right person turns up - but yes I think there certainly will."
He added: "We're going to bring in new proposals this summer and then they work through the synodical system and we'll see how long that takes."
But he insisted he wanted to make provision for those with theological objections to women bishops, rather than risk an exodus of traditionalists from the Church.
He said: "The point is we're not a political party so we don't simply vote in favour and say to the people who disagree in good conscience: 'Well we don't want anything to do with you'.
"The issue is about all of those who are in the Church of England are valued and allowed to exert their faith and their ministry."
Source: The Telegraph