Will 2020 be decade of women bishops?
The Church of England is training staff to overcome male bias in a bid to ensure that, by 2030, half of its leaders are female. While in the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis has reaffirmed that the “door is closed” for women to become priests. Picture shows Libby Lane, left, is Bishop of Derby; Rose Hudson-Wilkin has just become Bishop of Dover
The Church of England is turning to “unconscious bias training” in an effort to appoint more female bishops over the next decade.
The Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally, 57, said she hopes the training — intended to stop men hiring employees in their own image — means women will make up 50% of bishops by 2030.
Coaching in the London diocese follows the introduction of similar training in other headquarters including Church House, the centre C of E bureaucracy.
Of the 115 bishops in the church, 25 are women. By contrast, Pope Francis has reaffirmed that the “door is closed” for women to become priests in the Roman Catholic Church.
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The picture above shows Angela Berners-Wilson, the first woman to be ordained by the Church of England, she recalls her fight to reach her ambition ‘a long one’.
Picture above shows two Swedish Lutheran ‘bishops’ Antje Jackelén (L) and Eva Nordung Byström.
“Only a baptized man validly receives sacred ordination. … The Church recognizes herself to be bound by this choice made by the Lord himself. For this reason the ordination of women is not possible.” (Catholic doctrine)