2014 is the "earliest" date being touted in reports for the possibility of the appointment and ordination of a woman as bishop in England. That would give a recommendation for a code of practice to be put in place for the protection of those who do not believe women can be bishops or who believe they ought not be bishops. So it would appear that the English dance is a slow one. Perhaps too slow.
Wiser heads than mine obviously know the inner workings of the legislative process in Synod, but I don't read in the legislation passed yesterday (July 7) any reference to the necessity to wait on appointment and ordination until the code of practice is in place.
My question is this: What would now prevent the appointments committee (whatever its name) from putting forward the names of women nominees for bishop and one of those being appointed by the Crown to the position? The code of practice might not yet be in place, but the Synod has not in this motion required that it be in place prior to appointment.
I have no idea if the government in England would want to do such a thing, but it might be argued that to delay implementation of the recommendation of Synod - that women be admitted to the episcopate - is a denial of equal access for qualified candidates on the basis of gender.
If someone could enlighten me on the subject.