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First female bishop consecrated



The Church of England has consecrated its first female bishop during a ceremony at York Minster.

The Reverend Libby Lane, 48, has been ordained as the new Bishop of Stockport in front of more than 1,000 people.
The Church formally adopted legislation last November to allow women bishops, following decades of argument over women becoming priests and bishops.
The move continues to divide some Anglicans. The service was briefly delayed by an opponent of the changes.
The Rev Paul Williamson stepped forward shouting "not in the Bible" after the Archbishop of York asked the church if Mrs Lane should be ordained as a bishop.
The second time Dr John Sentamu asked the congregation, there was no opposition and the consecration, or the process of being made holy, took place.
A Church of England spokesman described Mr Williamson, priest in charge of a church in Hanworth, Middlesex, as a "serial protester".
He said: "He's got the right to protest but the contrast was between a lone voice protesting and a sea of voices affirming."
The two-hour service was led by Dr Sentamu, during which he and other bishops laid their hands on Mrs Lane and prayed. This was followed by lengthy applause.
'Very emotional'
Mrs Lane had said the consecration would be a very "emotional" moment.
She said: "It is a remarkable thing that this happens to me, and people have been very supportive of me personally, but actually this is about a moment in the Church's history."
Speaking after the service Mrs Lane's son Benedict said: "We've been building up to now for a long time and it's satisfying that it has finally happened and we are finally here.
"She's the best person for the job."
Mrs Lane has been vicar of St Peter's Hale and St Elizabeth's Ashley, in Greater Manchester, since April 2007.
By Philippa Thomas, BBC News correspondent, in York
At York Minster today I've met Anglican women bishops from the US, New Zealand, South Africa, Iceland, Sweden and Germany delighted to welcome her to their ranks.
Retired Swedish bishop Christina Odenberg told me it was inevitable England would catch up.
Meanwhile, long-time campaigner Christina Rees of Women and the Church said that, now the mother church had made this move, she felt other provinces of the Anglican Communion which had been holding back out of "deference" would follow suit.
I was also struck by young journalist Carey Lodge of "Christian Today", who was born the year before the Church of England voted in favour of women priests.
She said her friends were filling her social media space with tweets and updates revelling in what one woman is achieving today. All of them believed others would follow quickly.
Libby Lane's former curate at Hale, Georgina Watmore, told me with a big beam on her face that she looked forward to the day when there would be a female Archbishop - and "probably in my lifetime".
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It would be "a very profound, remarkable moment for me then and for my future ministry", she said.
Her consecration comes more than 20 years after women became priests in the Church of England.
And it comes after the general synod gave the final seal of approval to the legislation on women bishops following its passage through Parliament last year.

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