Vatican Insider: The Church of England says no to women bishops

Below is an excerpt of a report from Vatican Insider about the recent vote by the Church of England regarding women bishops.

“The Church of England has voted narrowly against the ordination of women as bishops.  The vote took place at its General Synod, November 20, with the laity vote being decisive.

The General Synod is the Church’s governing body, and for the motion to succeed it required a two-thirds majority in the synod’s three houses: the House of Bishops, the House of Clergy and the House of Laity.

After years of heated debate and discussion, the motion came up for a final vote at this General Synod.  The vote was a defeat for the outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, and his newly appointed successor, Bishop Justin Welby, who had both spoken strongly in favor of a compromise motion that sought to bridge the divisions within the Church on this controversial step. “

By Gerard O’Connell

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