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Women bishops are the “new normal”

Posted on: January 25, 2016 3:23 PM
The Rt Revd Libby Lane was the first woman to be consecrated in the Church of England on 26 January 2015
Photo Credit: Gavin Drake
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[The Independent, by Katie Grant] The first female bishop to be consecrated by the Church of England has opened up about her “remarkable” year and spoken of her delight that the ordination of women is becoming the “new normal”.

In 2014 the Church formally adopted legislation permitting women to become bishops and, on 26 January last year, Libby Lane smashed the stained-glass ceiling when she was consecrated as the eighth Bishop of Stockport.

As she approaches the first anniversary of her consecration, the Right Reverend Lane told The Independent of her desire to inspire a generation of women to “do something extraordinary”, saying: “When I was growing up it wasn’t possible for women to be ordained as priests, never mind bishops. It wasn’t part of my expectations.”