Bishop of Portsmouth welcomes historic vote

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THE Anglican Bishop of Portsmouth has welcomed the news that women will be allowed to become bishops for the first time.

The Rt Rev Christopher Foster was among those who voted in favour of legislation that will pave the way for female bishops.

The Bishop of Portsmouth

The Bishop of Portsmouth

The legislation was passed by all three of the Church of England’s General Synod’s houses yesterday.

Bishop Christopher said: ‘This decision is later than many had hoped, but it is made now with substantial support across the church and with trust and understanding of the differences that there have been.

‘The Diocese of Portsmouth is well served by lay and ordained Christians, among them both men and women priests, bringing compassion, insight and creativity to their work in communities, parishes and chaplaincies.’

The first female bishop could be appointed by the end of the year. The vote comes after the proposal was voted upon in November 2012, when it failed to achieve the required two-thirds majority.