Scottish Episcopalians Push for Women Bishops

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EDINBURGH, Scotland, JUNE 18, 2002 (Zenit.org).- The Scottish Episcopal Church has voted overwhelmingly to take the first step toward appointment of women as bishops, the Associated Press reports.



"I passionately believe that it is right, both in terms of time and substance, to proceed with this legislation," said the Most Reverend Bruce Cameron, head of the Scottish Episcopal Church, as he proposed the motion for women bishops at the church´s General Synod.

Clergy members voted 64-8 for the motion Friday, while lay members voted 64-7.

The measure now goes out for further debate in the seven dioceses of the Scottish Episcopal Church, which is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, like the Church of England, which does not have women bishops, and the U.S. Episcopal Church, which does.

The proposal will come back for a second reading next year, where it will require the support of two-thirds of members before it becomes law.