Women bishops vote: Your reaction
The Church of England has voted to allow women to become bishops for first time in its history.
Its ruling General Synod voted on the issue - 18 months after a previous attempt was blocked.
BBC News website readers share their reaction:
Rebecca Williamson, Birmingham, UK
My mother is a canon who was ordained as a Church of England minister in 1997.
As a child of the clergy, importantly a female vicar, this matter has always been close to my heart.
Jesus' closest and most loyal disciples were women; women were the first to see Him after he had risen again.
In a legal respect, the Church of England should NOT be exempt from the Sex Discrimination Act where a job cannot be denied based on gender!
A woman's place is in the house - of Bishops!!!
Philippa Zintilis, Alicante, Spain
I was a regular churchgoer and the daughter of an Honorary Canon in the Church of England.
I'm not happy with the result.
Christ's Disciples were men, not women.
These are not roles for females and should be kept for males only.
My husband is Greek Orthodox and there is no way that they will accept women in a similar position.
The introduction of women bishops will divide the Church and will lead to many more leaving.
Hendrik T. Huber, Rotterdam, Netherlands
I am a High Church Anglican who lived in New Zealand for many years and am now back in the Netherlands.
They have had women bishops in New Zealand for a long time and I do not understand what all the fuss was about in the UK.
The wife of one of my best friends even became a bishop. Her name is Penny Jamieson.
I cannot find any reference against women bishops or female clergy for that matter in the Bible.
Why is change such a problem?
More of your comments
As a Methodist I couldn't see why the Church of England cannot have women Bishops. The Methodist Church is about to have a woman as their Vice President of the Methodist Conference (equivalent to a bishop I guess) without problems. From memory the last President of Conference was a lady too. Martin Letts, Southampton
Justin Welby's comment that "the general public" would find a refusal to have women bishops "incomprehensible" is strange. Is the general public his authority? The general public in Britain find the Trinity incomprehensible. What are his plans there? An alternative would be to make gender roles comprehensible to a society that pretends they don't exist (yet still, and always will, practices them). Jon, London
The vast majority of biblical scholars and clergy would say that the New Testament clearly shows women in top leadership positions and so having women bishops is entirely 'biblical'. Rev Barry Jackson
The attempts by trendy liberals to force female bishops on the Church of England highlights the fact that increasingly people professing to be Christians are seeking to ingratiate themselves with the world that is opposed to God, rather than God himself. I am pleased that although I never took steps to repudiate my Church of England membership (I am currently attending a reformed Baptist church), I have not, in practice, had anything to do with the Church of England for several years. Graeme Phillips, London
I have experienced female Bishops in Anglican, Methodist, and Presbyterian churches, and they are quietly competent people. If not for females, these denominations would be experiencing clergy shortages. The benefits have been positive for the most part. Most resentment curiously comes from females and not males. Female clergy that I have interacted with tend to be married and family-oriented, which helps in being shepherd to a flock. Christopher Curtis, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
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