Church of England no women Bishops
Church of England says NO to women Bishops yet the head of the Church of England is a woman.
It makes no sense to me.
The general synod of the Church of England has voted narrowly against the appointment of women as bishops.
The measure was passed by the synod's houses of bishops and clergy but was rejected by the House of Laity.
Supporters vowed to continue their campaign but it could be five years before a similar vote can be held.
Controversy had centred on the provisions for parishes opposed to women bishops to request supervision by a stand-in male bishop.
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The votes were 44 for and three against with two abstentions in the House of Bishops, 148 for and 45 against in the House of Clergy, and 132 for and 74 against in the House of Laity.
The vote in the House of Laity, at 64%, was just short of the required majority - six more "yes" votes were needed.