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Women’s ordination resisted

06 December 2013

by a staff reporter

THE synod of the Church of the Province of Central Africa has voted not to admit women to Holy Orders.

The Bishop of Harare, the Rt Revd Chad Gandiya, had asked that individual dioceses be allowed to ordain women when they were ready to do so. He said: "This matter has been discussed over the years at both provincial and diocesan levels. There are women who have even decided to go to other countries to train and be ordained. We appeal to this synod to allow those dioceses that are ready to go ahead."

His motion was successful only in the House of Laity, however, and was voted down in the House of Bishops and the House of Clergy.

The Bishop of Northern Malawi, the Rt Revd, voted against the motion. "One person ordained in one diocese", he said, "may get rejected in another, thereby compromising the collegiality of the province. The ordination of women is not biblically backed, and has also not proved to help the Church since inception in the '70s."

The province includes Botswana, Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The synod urged the restoration of Church unity in the province, after six years of "difficulties".

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