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Not quite a parting of the ways Premium17 July 2014
The vote by the Church of England’s governing body to allow women to be ordained as bishops is historic and dramatic, even if it was the logical consequence of the decision by the same body to ordain women as priests made in 1992. That logic was resisted for almost a generation, but eventually a way was found that reassured sufficient numbers of the dissenting minority that their position in the Church was secure and respected. The establishment by Benedict XVI of the Anglican ordinariate in 2011, in full communion with the Holy See, has offered an acceptable alternative home for some Anglo-Catholics and may well have helped the vote. They expect an influx of new members to the ordinariate now. Time will tell.Archbishop Bernard Longley, co-chairman of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Int
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