Dame Mary Archer On Women Bishops in the Church of England

08:14 Tuesday 20th November 2012
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BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

PAUL STAINTON: Mary, where do you stand on this women bishops thing? Is the Church massively out of step with society?
LADY ARCHER: I think the Church is moving into step, if it does take the step to permit women bishops. I think it would be a big setback if, having found the way forward to women vicars, and goodness I don’t think the Church actually could keep going without them now, they then shut the door on women bishops, for rather arcane theological reasons that are connected with what the Bible may or may not say. And we don’t take the Bible literally in all areas. We don’t, most of us, believe the world was created in seven days for example. So I do think that the new Archbishop, Justin Welby, is right to press forward with this debate. And I very much hope the General Synod will say yes to women bishops.