21 November 2012

Church of England says no to women as bishops

The Church of England yesterday voted against changing church law to allow women to become bishops.

To change church law is tricky. It requires dividing the voting group (synod) into houses (groups). These are the House of Bishops, the House of Clergy and the House of Laity (everyone else). A change to church law requires a vote of at least two-thirds in favour of the change from each House.

The necessary two-thirds vote in favour was achieved in the House of Bishops and the House of Clergy, but fell short by six votes in the House of Laity, meaning that the entire vote was lost and the law will not be changed.

There is a certain amount of angst over that in England today.

We in Australia already have women working as bishops and the Church of England situation does not affect our church processes.

But it is sad to think on the many people in the UK today who are saddened and disappointed by their church.

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