Jan 26, 2015 4:57 AM

Church of England to ordain first female bishop

The Associated Press

LONDON (AP) Male domination in the leadership of the Church of England is coming to an end, as the 500-year-old institution consecrates its first female bishop.

The Rev. Libby Lane becomes the eighth Bishop of Stockport in a service Monday at York Minster. Her consecration comes after the church ended a long and divisive dispute by voting last year to allow women to serve as bishops.

Lane has dismissed criticism that her appointment is merely a symbolic gesture, saying that she may be "the first, but I won't be the only."

A saxophone player and soccer fan, Lane was one of the first women to become a Church of England priest. She was ordained in 1994. Her husband is also a priest.


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