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Kippa Matthews
UK News

Bishop Libby welcomes criticism

Rt Revd Libby Lane said it was important that people within the Church had different views on everything, including female bishops.

She told the Radio Times: "I genuinely think the Church of England is a better place for having dissenting voices that are heard and honoured.

"I've been fortunate though my ministry to have around me remarkable affirmation and encouragement."

Her consecration as Bishop of Stockport in January had to be temporarily paused after a man shouted: "No. Not in the Bible. With respect, Your Grace, I ask to speak on this absolute impediment, please.''

The Church of England later said he was a ''serial protester''.

In the interview the bishop said she had received thousands of letters, cards and emails and only a handful had been critical of her role.

"Other women in public ministry have had a genuinely difficult time, being threatened and needing restraining orders and protection. I haven't had to face that," she said.

Elsewhere in the interview Bishop Libby spoke of her love for dancing and said she was a big fan of BBC show Strictly Come Dancing.

"I did dance training - tap, ballet, modern - for 15 years, and so one of the things that is quite a significant part of my own relationship with God and my own spiritual identity is the sense of all of me, not just my head but my body as well, being able to relive those stories," she said.

"Dance did very particularly inform my theology of incarnation, of God being present in the physical and the goodness of God in things that are tangible and enfleshed and embodied."

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