Church of England's First female Bishop Named As The Reverend Libby Lane

Appointment of first woman as CofE bishop

Libby Lane has been announced as the first female bishop for the Church of England, just a month after a historic change to canon law. She will become the new Bishop of Stockport, a post that has been vacant since May.

Press Release [PDF].

Pat Storey was installed by the Church of Ireland as Bishop of Meath and Kildare, the first female Anglican bishop in the UK and Ireland, on 29 November 2013.

Press Release [PDF].

Transformation of civil partnerships to marriages

From today, many members of the Church of England, lay and ordained, will be able to convert their civil partnership to marriage. Jeremy Pemberton and Andrew Foreshaw-Cain will no longer be the only married gay priests in the Church of England – numbers of lesbian and gay clergy are known to be converting. The House of Bishops is confronted with the challenge of disciplining or ignoring or accepting the presence of same-sex married clergy across the country.