IT WAS a largely symbolic and somewhat archaic process, by which
the Measure to enable women to be consecrated as bishops was
formally incorporated into English Law on Monday afternoon.
The Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu, told the Synod that the
Royal Assent and Licence to "make, promulge, and execute" the Canon
had been given.
The Synod had three steps to take, after which the House of
Bishops would meet later that evening to make its Regulations
formally. The first was that the Registrar would read the
instrument of enactment. After this, the Synod would, without
debate, on a show of hands, vote to show its will "that the Canon
entitled 'Amending Canon No. 33' be made, promulged, and
If this vote was passed with a simple majority, the Archbishop
said, the six officers of the Synod (the two Archbishops, the
Prolocutors of the House of Clergy, and the chair and vice-chair of
the House of Laity) would then sign the "instrument of enactment"
in which they "declare and testify our consent to the said
After the formal reading of the instrument, a clear majority of
the Synod voted in favour of the Amending Canon. They then sat in
silence as the document was passed along the top table for
And so the legislative process was over in minutes. Women can
now be consecrated as bishops in the Church of England; but cannot
be appointed to the dioceses of Sodor & Man or Winchester,
which includes the Channel Islands. It was explained during
Questions on Monday evening that the Measure would not take effect
in Sodor & Man and the Channel Islands until legislation was
passed by the Tynwald and the Channel Islands' legislatures.