The Church of England has appointed its most senior female bishop, replacing former bishop of London Richard Chartres, who did not ordain female priests.
Sarah Mullally, former bishop of Crediton in the diocese of Exeter, becomes the most senior woman in the Church of England and the first female bishop of London.
Her appointment is seen as a progressive move, and many in the Church still oppose women’s ordination, making her a controversial choice.
A former nurse, she rose to become chief nursing officer for England and was made a dame for services to nursing in 2005, before becoming a priest in 2006.
At a press conference announcing her appointment she was conciliatory towards those who are likely to oppose it.
Priests in the Church who do not believe in women’s ordination will likely be ordained by the bishops of Fulham and Maidstone, who minister to those…
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