npr.org – The Church of England moved toward ordaining its first female bishops Monday, as its governing body voted to enable women to become bishops. The move comes two decades after the church first ordained women as priests, in 1994. “Today we can begin to embrace a new way of being the church and moving forward together,” Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said after the vote. “We will also continue to seek the flourishing in the church of those who disagree.

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