In a meeting behind closed doors in York, the Church’s House of Bishops gave its approval to legislation to admit women to the episcopacy and rejected a series of attempts to significantly water down the powers of future female bishops.
But they also agreed a key protection for conservative evangelicals and Anglo Catholics who object to women bishops on theological grounds.
In theory the vote clears the way for the church’s General Synod to have a final vote on the issue in July.
But there were signs it has plunged the Church into further uncertainty amid fears that the compromise failed to satisfy either side in the debate.
It remained unclear last night whether the compromise would be enough to see off the prospect of a large-scale exodus of traditionalists to the Roman Catholic Church or a new breakaway Anglican group.
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