Reverend Libby Lane appointed as first female bishop in the 500-year history of Church of England

Reverend Libby Lane was appointed as new Bishop of Stockport, England. Thus, she has become the first female bishop in the 500-year history of Church of England.

This appointment comes after historic changes were made to the law to end centuries of male domination in the church.

Before this appointment, she was vicar at St Peter’s Hale and St Elizabeth’s Ashley in Cheshire since April 2007.

Background

In 1992, first women priests were ordained, but to date women they were able to take on the Church’s most senior roles.

Earlier in October 2014, UK Parliament had passed legislation for the appointment of female bishops by breaking the centuries-old tradition. It was considered as a historic move towards widening female participation in the Church.

In November 2014, General Synod- the law-making body of the Church of England had given nod to this legislation.

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