Church in turmoil after Synod says no to women bishops

The next Archbishop of Canterbury Rev Justin Welby has called the rejection of women bishops a “very grim day”, as bishops prepare for an emergency meeting on the issue.

The ordination of women bishops in the Church of England was narrowly rejected by its ruling general synod on Tuesday.
The Church of England has said no to women bishops Photo courtesy of Kristina Krug on Flickr

Critics have said the change would not bring unity to the Church whilst some Synod members were adamant that the teachings of the bible are clear and against female bishops.

The proposed legislation paving the way for women bishops needed to gain two-thirds majority support in each of the synod’s three houses – bishops, clergy and laity – but fell short by six votes in the House of Laity. While 324 synod members voted for women bishops, Church voting rules mean 122 votes against were enough to block it.
The Archbishop of Canterbury has said: “the Church of England has “lost a measure of credibility” after rejecting the introduction of women bishops.”

The Most Reverend Rowan Williams told the ruling general synod that the Church could be seen as “wilfully blind” to modern trends and priorities.

It will be years before there is another vote and meantime the house of bishops are in London this morning discussing the consequences of the decision.

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