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Guardian: The Church of England is moving towards changing a law that prohibits women from becoming bishops. However, opponents are threatening to leave the church unless the role of female bishops is limited and there is choice in refusing their leadership.
"Female clergy could abandon the Church of England if too many concessions are offered to people wanting to opt out of their authority, a campaign group has warned. Members of the General Synod meet this weekend to decide what safeguards there should be for those who do not accept the leadership of female bishops.
At present women can be ordained as priests but remain barred from the higher office of bishop. The synod has already given its overwhelming support to the principle of changing church law to allow female bishops.
The campaign group Women and the Church wants a law without "caveats or conditions" that could limit the role of female bishops and allow opponents to refuse their leadership.
It fears that if the synod votes for measures to protect traditionalists from female ministry that female clergy will turn to Christian denominations that are more accepting of women in senior positions."