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Various reports on the women bishops vote in General Synod with a number speculating that the first female bishops in the Church of England could be donning their mitres by Christmas following a historic vote of the General Synod. Much comment that despite expectations of narrow margin, support for the measure was overwhelming, even among the laity. A number note that after the vote, the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, led the General Synod in a rendition of We are Marching in the Light of God, with members clapping along.

Reports that Lady Butler-Sloss stepped down on Monday as the head of an inquiry into the involvement of politicians, state agencies and the Church over historical abuse amid concern about her links with establishment figures.

Reports that a retired Anglican bishop is to face two further allegations of indecent assault, including one on a boy under 16. They state Bishop Peter Ball, 82, faces indecent assault allegations on the under 16-year-old between 1984 and 1985 and a man over 16 between 1990 and 1991. The former Bishop of Lewes and Bishop of Gloucester has been summonsed to Brighton Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Various reports on assisted dying include Guardian stating, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby says Lord Carey's comments lacked appreciation for 'risks and dangers to people' if law is changed. Telegraph states Lord Falconer says people risk prison over assisted suicide because MPs keep ducking the issue. It states the Assisted Dying Bill - debated in the Lords this week - will make it legal for adults in England and Wales to be given assistance ending their own life, if it is passed by Parliament. Boris Johnson writes that we must tread carefully along the path to assisted dying

Reports on comments from the new chairman of payday lender Wonga who announced a series of measures that he conceded would lead to a drop in its annual £60 million profits in exchange for respectability. They mention the Archbishop of Canterbury's opposition to payday loan companies.

Report that a clergyman who led a huge downtown congregation in Chicago has been appointed minister of the most important Presbyterian church in Scotland. It states the Rev Calum MacLeod, 46, was chosen as minister of St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, in succession to the Very Rev Dr Gilleasbuig Macmillan, after preaching at the weekend to his new Edinburgh congregation. Yesterday, he signalled his intention to confront what is widely perceived in the Kirk as raucous secularism within wider society and to seek to increase his congregation.


Various letters on views on the next stage in the bill on assisted suicide.


Cristina Odone:
Promoting women in the Church and the Cabinet is about self-interest, not feminism

Law and Religion UK: Synod approves women in the episcopate

Cookie's days: Who should be the first women bishops?

David Keen: Church leaders, legacy thing

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