Norwich Dean ruled out as first woman bishop
The Dean of Norwich, who had been among the bookmakers’ favourites to become the first woman bishop following yesterday’s historic decision by General Synod, has ruled herself out of the running.
Speaking to the EDP, the Very Rev Jane Hedges, said: “It is good and exciting news for the Church of England that from today vacancies for Diocesan and Suffragen bishops can be filled either by men or women. Since women were admitted to the priesthood 20 years ago the number of ordained women has steadily grown with an increasing proportion of them serving in senior posts such as archdeacons and deans, thereby equipping them with the kind of experience they need in order to serve as bishops.
“Inevitably there has been a great deal of speculation about who will be the first woman to be ordained bishop and Ladbrokes has even named several women including myself together with the odds being offered.
“Having arrived in Norwich just five months ago I would like people to know that I will definitely not be amongst the first women to be made a bishop. I feel privileged to be Dean of Norwich and believe that God has called me to be here. I am incredibly happy in this post – I love the Cathedral, the city, the diocese and the county and I am fortunate to be working with wonderful colleagues both at the Cathedral and in the Bishop’s senior staff team,” she said.
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