On Monday, I like many other members of General Synod, put my hand up in the air to signal the final and purely technical stage on the road to allowing women to become Bishops in the Church of England. I know that for some this is a sad moment as they feel rather vulnerable in this new situation. For their sakes it is important that the assurances given about honouring their place in the church and allowing them to flourish must be kept. However, for many others it is a moment of great joy.
So now the door is open and we may well see a female bishop appointed in January.
After the final procedure had been enacted, the amendment to Canon Law with the Queen's Seal was placed in an area where Synod members could observe it. Below is a picture that I took as a record of the moment.