Church of England approves women bishops

Jul 14, 2014, 5:33 PM EDT
YORK, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Members of the Church of England's Synod vote on one of the motions during the session to discuss and vote on the consecration of women bishops on July 14, 2013 in York, England. The Synod contradicted tradition today and voted to give women the right to be bishops of the Church of England. Credit WPA Pool/Getty Images
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The Church of England voted to allow women bishops for the first time ever on Monday. The historic vote brings an end to years of debate on the issue which failed a similar vote just over a year ago. The resolution of the contentious debate averts a potential crisis that would have seen Archbishop Justin Welby possibly dissolve the Church's General Synod and call for fresh elections.