Rev Williamson, who has brought so many legal cases against the Church of England in the past that he has been barred by the High Court, stepped forward during a crucial moment in the service when the congregation were giving their assent to the consecration, demanding permission to speak.Rev Williamson, a parish priest from Hanworth, west London, made a name for himself as one of the most vociferous opponents of women's ministry in the 1990s when the first female priests were ordained.
Although a substantial minority within the conservative evangelical and traditionalist Anglo-Catholic wings of the Church resisted the change to the end, leading opponents have accepted the Synod vote and pledged to work with new opt-out arrangements.
“And so today, at my consecration, I hold on to words of promise from the Bible, a reassurance that all this does not depend on me ‘the God who calls you is faithful: He will do it’.” The Bishop of Worcester, the Rt Rev John Inge, said: “This is a day we’ve been awaiting for a very long time and we are all just full of rejoicing.
“There was a tremendous atmosphere of joy in the Minster this morning – hundreds of people and of course it was only the tip of the iceberg.
Originally part of a committee tasked with trying to find a candidate for the bishopric, she was invited to apply for it herself when the General Synod voted to allow women to become bishops.
She comes from an Anglican, but not particularly church-going, family, and says she "was loved into faith" by a small Anglican church community in rural Derbyshire.Some biographical details have been altered to hide their identities.] Yes, she told me, the ratios are lopsided. “They wait for the next, more perfect woman,” grumbled Bowman, a veterinarian in San Diego.