Church votes on women bishops
THE Church in Wales will decide next month whether or not in principle to allow women priests to be ordained as bishops.
A Bill, proposed by the six diocesan bishops of the church, will be voted on by the 144 members of the Church's governing body at a meeting in the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, in Lampeter, on September 12.
The Bill will need a two-thirds majority in each of the three sections of the Governing Body in order to be passed — the House of Bishops, the House of Clergy and the House of Laity — but even then would not come into a scheme for members of congregations that do no want women bishops is put in place.
The Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, said: "Since we ordain women as deacons and priests it makes no theological sense not to ordain them as bishops since we believe in the three- fold order of ministry.
"That is why I and my fellow bishops will be asking members of the governing body to vote in favour of the Bill."