Full and Impaired Communion - Ordination of Women


Status
Province
No Women’s Ordination
Central Africa
Jerusalem & Middle East
Korea
Melanesia
Nigeria
Papua New Guinea
South East Asia
Tanzania
Diaconate Only
Indian Ocean  (1)
Southern Cone
Diaconate, Presbyterate (but not Episcopate)
Australia (2)
Burundi (3)
England
Hong Kong
Kenya
Philippines
Rwanda
Uganda
Wales (4)
West Africa (5)
West Indies (6)
Diaconate, Presbyterate and Episcopate
Brazil (7)
Central America (8)
Ireland
Japan
Mexico (9)
Scotland
Southern Africa (10)
Sudan
Women Bishops de facto
Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia
Canada (11)
USA (12)
No information available from Congo or Myanmar
(1)  Only in one diocese in the Province.
(2) Ordination of women to the presbyterate was passed by the General Synod but such matters must be adopted by each individual diocese before becoming operative.  13 of the 23 diocese currently ordain women as priests.  Some dioceses agree in principle but have not in fact acted.   Ordination of women to the episcopate was specifically excluded by the General Synod.
(3)  Legislation enabling the ordination of women to the presbyterate specifically prohibits the consecration of women to the episcopate.  The ministry of men or women, deacons or presbyters, ordained by a woman bishop in other Provinces is not recognised.  There is provision of extended episcopal oversight including through the ministry of three specially appointed Provincial Episcopal Visitors who exercise their ministry at the invitation of and on the authority of the diocesan bishop.
(4)  Extended episcopal oversight is provided for those parishes who are opposed to the ordination of women.
(5)  Provincial Synod gave approval for the ordination of women to the presbyterate by dioceses who were ready for it.  At present there is no ordination of women to the presbyterate in 11 of the 13 dioceses.
(6)  Ordination of women to the presbyterate was passed by Provincial Synod, but two dioceses have not voted in favour of the ordination of women either to the diaconate or the presbyterate.
(7)  Women bishops are canonically possible, but none are ordained as yet.
(8)  Women bishops are canonically possible, but none are ordained as yet.
(9)  Women bishops are canonically possible, but none are ordained as yet.
(10)  Provincial guidelines to provide for conscientious objections to the ministry of women as priests are in place.  Similar guidelines in the event of a woman being ordained bishop are being produced. Women bishops are canonically possible, but none are ordained as yet.
(11) A conscience clause protecting the sensitivities of those opposed to the ordination of women was in effect from 1975 to 1986.
(12)  The enabling canon for the ordination of women to the presbyterate and the episcopate applies to all diocese.  Informal episcopal arrangements can be made to protect the conscience of an individual bishop.