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Anglicans begin debate on female bishops
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.- The Anglican Church began its four-day long General Synod Monday during which the issue of ordaining women bishops is expected to be discussed.

While various Anglican leaders support it, there is wide opposition to the move in the Anglican Communion.  The issue is so controversial that Synod spokesman Arun Kataria explained that a final decision is not expected until 2012.

Kataria said the gathering would focus on “legislative options” and “possible time-frames and ways of maintaining unity with those who oppose this.”

The General Synod, which brings together religious and laity from all Anglican dioceses, meets twice a year.   The Synod is also expected to address declining attendance at Sunday services.

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