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LONDON, July 11 – The Church of England voted on Monday to move towards ordaining women bishops, a step which could provoke an exodus of conservative clergy and deepen the widening splits within the worldwide Anglican Communion.
A synod meeting in the city of York voted to «remove legal obstacles» in Church law to women bishops, a process Church of England officials say could take about four years to complete.
All three houses of the synod — the church’s parliament — voted in favour. The most senior house, the House of Bishops, voted 41 for and only six against.(reuters)