MOSCOW, January 26 (Sputnik) — The Church of England's first woman bishop, Libby Lane, will be consecrated at York Minster on Monday despite resistance from traditionalists, who consider such step inappropriate, BBC reported on Monday.
"It is a remarkable thing that this happens to me, and people have been very supportive of me personally, but actually this is about a moment in the Church's history," Mrs. Lane told BBC Radio Manchester.
"Fundamentally, it's about whether the church believes that men and women are equally made in God's image and it's going to be a really powerful symbol," she told AFP.
Many consider appointment of a woman bishop a significant step towards non-discrimination and the promotion of gender equality. However, there is a division of England’s society between Anglicans who have a moderate stance towards the initiative and traditionalists who strictly oppose such a step.