After a five-hour debate by the General Synod, the governing body of the Church of England, the church votes to allow women bishops. overturning centuries-old tradition. Since the approval of female priests in the church in 1992, the issue on women bishops has caused internal division in the Synod. The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the spiritual leader of Anglicans around the world says that the first female bishop could be named in early 2015. Welby:
Today marks the start of a great adventure of seeking mutual flourishing while still, in some cases disagreeing. The challenge for us will be for the church to model good disagreement and to continue to demonstrate love for those who disagree on theological grounds.