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Australian Anglicans appoint woman bishopcomment (0)

May 1, 2008

PERTH, Australia — For the first time, a woman bishop has been appointed in the Anglican Church of Australia, making it the fourth Anglican province to have an active woman bishop.

The Venerable Kay Goldsworthy, 51, was named assistant bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Perth. She will be consecrated May 22 at St. George’s Cathedral in Perth.

"In making this announcement, I am delighted that we in the church of Perth continue our unwavering commitment to Christ’s gospel by recognizing women and men as equal," said Roger Herft, archbishop of Perth, in a statement April 11.

Currently, 14 of the 38 provinces in the worldwide Anglican Communion allow women to be bishops, but women are currently serving in only three provinces: the Episcopal Church (in the U.S.), the Anglican Church of Canada and the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.

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