|No Women’s Ordination
Jerusalem & Middle East
Papua New Guinea
South East Asia
|Indian Ocean (1)
|Diaconate, Presbyterate (but not Episcopate)
West Africa (5)
West Indies (6)
|Diaconate, Presbyterate and Episcopate
Central America (8)
Southern Africa (10)
|Women Bishops de facto
|Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia
|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
(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.