At first, the ordinations were "irregular" and "invalid" -- but the rules changed in 1976, regularizing the ordination of the 11 women.
Ordination of women
The Church of England's vote to allow female bishops threatens unity with the Catholic church, according to the editor of the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano.
Giovanni Maria Vian, who is also a Rome historian, on Tuesday said the decision would have "an extremely negative impact" on steps to bring the churches closer together despite a positive meeting between Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Pope Francis a month ago.
Before the vote, Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury told the synod that "to pass this legislation is to commit ourselves to an adventure in faith and hope."
Women's rights activists greeted with delight signs the Church of England is poised to relent and allow women to be consecrated as bishops.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will preside over a historic General Synod meeting at the University of York when a make-or-break vote on the subject is expected Monday.
"I think we're there at long last," American-born Christina Rees, one of the church's leading women's rights campaigners, said in an interview Thursday.
Book review: This fine translation of two of Cipriano Vagaggini's essays is Phyllis Zagano's latest of many important contributions to our understanding of the ordination of women.
"It is a privilege to respond to my region's call to me by selecting me as bishop," Bishop Nancy Meyer said.
A small c catholic: Humans sometimes confuse custom and culture with divine mandate. Religion falls into the trap of patriarchy for many reasons and for long periods of time.
NCR Today: The question of women priests has been decided infallibly by competent church authority. I contend that that argument is dead wrong. Even a quick review of the facts reveals its flaws.
Grace on the Margins: How can women achieve true empowerment when their religious leaders declare that it is God's plan that women are not entitled to equal spiritual authority?
Commentary: Despite 20 years of discrimination of women and denial of women's basic human rights as spiritual equals before God, women are serving in priestly ministry.