The priest tried to disrupt the ordination of the first woman bishop- Libby Lane
However, according to The Telegraph, the event was not without incident: present at the ceremony, the conservative priest from West London Paul Williamson, many times previously opposed the female priesthood and thebishop in the Church of England, tried to disrupt the laying on of hands.
In one of the most important moments of life, when gathered in the cathedral traditionally asked whether they agree with the ordination of a bishop, Paul Williamson suddenly stepped forward and asked to speak.
The priest said the following: “This contradicts the Bible says! I am opposed to the ordination of women to the bishop!”
In turn, Archbishop John Sentamu, who warned in advance about the presence of “ultra-conservative cleric”, did not stop the service, and said that “the law of the episcopate in the Church of England has changed”, calmly continued the ceremony.
He again asked the audience if they agree with this ordination, and heard in response to the unanimous consent of the exclamation: “Yes!”
After that Libby Lane was successfully erected in bishop Stockport in the north-west of England. At this time, in a sign of unity around 110 Anglican bishops from around the world came to York Minster, gathered around L. Lane and at the time of ordination laid his hands on her.
Then was read in advance prepared an official decree of Queen Elizabeth II (since the head of the Church of England from the time of Elizabeth I is considered the reigning monarch), and L. Lane, according to tradition, was anointed with oil.
In the Church of England began to ordain women to the priesthood in 1994 (to date women priests already constitute about a third of all the clergy of the Church of England), but the highest ecclesiastical office until recently, they could not hold.
In July 2014 the General Synod of the Church of England voted overwhelmingly for women’s rights in the episcopal consecration. Some churches are included in the global Anglican Communion, has previously allowed the fair sex to become bishops: women bishops have already appeared in the United States, Canada, Australia, South Africa and other countries. A little earlier in the Republic of Ireland the first female bishop in the department of Meath and Kildare became Pat Storey.
Meanwhile, many of the conservative part of the Church of England, especially evangelical direction and members of the so-called “High Church”, are still disagree with the ordination of women to the episcopacy. Paul Williamson is just a brilliant representative of the extremely conservative direction in the Church of England. Starting from the 1990s, he repeatedly filed lawsuits complaining of bishops, protesting against the emergence of women priests, bishops repeatedly accused of being “traitors” and “departure from the Biblical tradition”.