Church of England names first female bishop – as government unveils plans to fast-track them into the House of Lords

Libby Lane on her ‘unexpected joy’ at being 1st female bishop

The Church of England has named its first female bishop, just four weeks after elevating women to the role was approved.

Rev Libby Lane, who has spent much of her career working in the North East has been announced the new Bishop of Stockport, an assistant in the Chester Diocese.

The historic move comes a month after the General Synod in York approved legislation to elevate women to the position and 20 years after the first women were ordained as priests.

It marks a dramatic change in the Church of England and comes as it was revealed the Government is planning to introduce legislation tomorrow to Parliament to allow female bishops into the House of Lords…

Although this seems like a progressive idea, it well may signal the final decline of the Church of England. Experience with other denominations — like the United Church of Canada — accepting female (and gay) leaders seems to presage the final descent of a church into a mushy, not-really-Christian, leftist social justice organization.  

There are few takers for such churches because most leftists are agnostics or atheists.  

Some evangelical denominations have had female pastors for a long time (such as the Salvation Army), but they are protected by their insistence on staying closing to the text of the Bible.

  • ntt1

    they must be cloning Anglican Church ladies some where. all she needs is the inevitable blue rinse and she could blend in in any dioses.
    I will bet she is a social justice warrior and will produce a series of deeply destructive ideas that will rival anything the doddering old fool rowan (not the comedian) williams.ever came up with.
    our bishop has pretty much destroyed the Anglican Church in the lower Mainland by his support for groups who have never shown any interest in being part of his congregation, he traded stalwarts for phantoms.

  • ontario john

    The mainline churches are dying fast and they don’t even want to change. They are submissive to islam, support every leftist idea going, concentrate limited resources on indian rights and environmental lunacy. You don’t even have to believe in God to be a minister. What we need to do is support the conservative churches that remain and make sure they don’t fall into the same trap by moving away from Biblical standards.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    I always thought the Church of England was the worst, but now I’m pretty sure the Church of Sweden now has everyone beat.

    • Frau Katze

      Sweden is most extreme country in the West. I have read about their Lutheran (I think) female bishop who reads the Koran.

  • winniec

    Orthodox and Roman Catholic theologians have been discussing women’s ordination a long time, but due to their hierarchies, they are not very loud about it. Their lack of ordaining women is in part theological, but mostly administrative, and depends on such ordination being accepted by an ecumenical council…and not on the ability to grow a beard.

    • It will not happen.

      What will happen is what has been gradually happening: Anglicans will defect to the Catholic Church.

  • Rosenmops

    Damn they didn’t choose her for her looks. Welp, soon the Anglican church will die out and the buildings will be converted to mosques. These sorts won’t be welcome in the mosques, I promise you. They are committing suicide.

  • tom_billesley

    Bishops should be phased out of the House of Lords. Their presence will be used as a reason to place imams there.

    • Rosenmops

      That is a frightening thought.

    • ntt1

      excellent point,and, I fear.. a prediction

  • Denis George Miller

    I have no problem with women priests or bishops. After all the women were the big proponents of Christianity in the early church. (Constantin’s wife for example) I have a problem with doctrine where ii is ok to do everything which is prohibited in the bible and still be allowed communion and wishy-washy attitudes to murderers and terrorists who want to kill us. Christ did agree with self-defence after all!

    • Frau Katze

      The Salvation Army has had women preachers since they started.

  • winniec

    Historically, there is evidence women officiated in the early church. As late as 494 AD, Pope Gelasius I felt it necessary to issue a strong condemnation in his letter to the bishops in Lucania (Southern Italy): “Nevertheless we have heard to our annoyance that divine affairs have come to such a low state that women are ENCOURAGED TO OFFICIATE at the sacred altars, and to take part in all matters imputed to the offices of the male sex, to which they do not belong.”

    Archeological and literary inscriptions and images found on papyri, tombstones, frescos and mosaics in Rome, Sicily, Jerusalem, Northern Africa and many other places reveal that early Christian women as deacons, priests, theologians and bishops. A 9th century mosaic of women bishops at St. Praxedis in Rome and of a woman priest honored in a fresco in the Catacombs of Priscilla indicate a late custom of ordaining women. Such evidences are used by proponents of women’s ordination in the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches.

    • Richard_Romano

      But they were never overseers. There may have been other prevailing circumstances, where a new church plant was solely made up of women; in that case, they would have to lead. In the end, the Bible is pretty clear about who can lead, who can teach, etc. The Bible doesn’t prohibit women from teaching; it prohibits them from having full authority.

      It should also be said that as long as they were under the authority of scripture, written by men as they were carried along by God, they would never veer doctrinally.

    • Frances

      Women were an important part of the ministry in the early church. St Brigit of Kildare was one, and was apparently ordained as bishop. In addition, women such as Hilda of Whitby were heads of monasteries, and this at a time when a monastery could be a “double house”, having both men and women. There is no evidence such women were ever other than orthodox, but obviously their abilities were recognized by the church.

    • Minicapt

      Some archeological finds are interpreted more by personal wishes than by historical evidence.


  • Hard Little Machine

    Dawn French has said she WILL create a Bishop of Dibley show when this happens.

  • Ed

    Most people don’t see the point in getting up on Sunday morning, driving to a building with stained glass, to sit and get a dose of Dr. Phil. Just watch on TV.

  • Richard_Romano

    My Mom is as saintly as they come, and even she has some mushy ideas when it comes to faith. It rests on my Dad, who then gently reaffirms what the scripture teaches. There’s a very good reason why classical Christianity has resisted the idea of women in leadership. I’m not opposed to women teaching, but as overseers? No way.

    • disqus_W6sfZCiOd8

      When you speak of overseers, do you mean leaders, as in ministers, priests, etc.?
      You write well, but I’m just not sure what you mean by overseers.

  • Pete_Brewster

    That’s after flinging most of the actual noblemen out of the Lords because they got in the way of whatever banker appointees in the Commons wanted to do.

    And I say this opposed to the idea of a professional clergy of any kind. You have only one Father, and He is in heaven.

  • BillyHW

    Is it too much to ask that our bishops be men who look like men and like women, instead of women who look like men and like women or men who act like women and like men?

    • winniec

      Like the Old Wild West, cowboy!

  • cmh

    she looks like a warthog

  • Jay Currie

    With all respect to the people commenting here on Her Grace’s sex, if you were real Anglicans or aware of the debates wracking my church as I write you would realize that the MSM has failed to tell us the most important thing about our new bishop: pews or chairs?

    I rarely talk about God or Christmas with the clergy but they’ll talk your ears off about the profoundly critical issue of replacing pews with chairs to be more inclusive.