THE Anglican archbishop of Wales says he hopes no-one will be “lost” from the Welsh Church in Wales after its decision to allow women bishops.
The Rev Dr Barry Morgan pledges to talk to those Anglicans who “find the decision difficult”.
The church’s governing body voted overwhelmingly in favour of the change on Thursday. A similar vote in 2008 was narrowly defeated.
In the Church of England, the issue is due to be discussed again in November. Despite female bishops being allowed in the Church of Ireland and the Episcopal Church Scotland, none have been elected yet.
The vote at the University of Wales in Lampeter, Ceredigion led to huge cheers as the result was announced. However, the move has also led to some traditionalists saying the decision may lead them to consider their future within the curch.
Canon Jenny Wigley, rector of Radyr, whose successful amendment to the bill was instrumental in ensuring the vote had a yes or no outcome, said she hoped women in the Church of England would be encouraged by the result.
Bishops will now have to write a code of practice for those who cannot “accept the authority of women bishops”.
Dr Morgan said: “I hope it will be possible that no-one will be lost. It’s a matter now for discussion.”