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Vicar’s sadness over women bishops defeat

WHITEHAVEN vicar the Rev Judy Evans has expressed her disappointment that a bid to introduce women bishops into the Church of England has failed.

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Disappointed: The Rev Judy Evans

The vote was carried in the House of Bishops and the House of Clergy in the General Synod, but failed to gain the necessary two-thirds majority amongst lay members

The Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, who visited Whitehaven after the 2010 shootings, insisted that the Church of England had “not committed suicide” with the rejection but admitted he was very disappointed that the draft legislation had failed to clear its final hurdle. He was confident that women bishops would come, however.

The principle had already been accepted by the Synod and by most dioceses, including Carlisle Diocese.

Judy Evans, vicar of St Peter’s Church, Kells, for the last six years, said: “I very much believe in women bishops and want to see it accepted. I think it is a great shame it didn’t get passed, it only missed by a narrow margin. The premise has been agreed. It seems it was the wording of the resolution’’

If six people had changed their vote from no to yes in the House of Laity the legislation would have received the necessary two-thirds majority in all three houses of the General Synod.

An emergency meeting of Cof E Bishops was being held yesterday (Wednesday). The vote was billed as the biggest in the 20 years since the General Synod backed the introduction of women priests in 1992 and comes after 42 out of the 44 dioceses of the Church of England approved the legislation.

If the measure had received final approval, it would have gone to the Houses of Parliament before royal assent with the first female bishops on course to be appointed as early as 2014.

Around a third of Church of England clergy are women, and they make up just under a half of those training for ordination.

The Archdeacon of Westmorland, the Ven Penny Driver is Carlisle Diocese’s most senior female cleric.

Have your say

High time we did away with all these superstitions and fairy stories that is organized religion. The CofE is starting to resemble an old boys club.

Posted by ChrisB on 24 November 2012 at 10:38

I am pleased this result happend purely on a personal level in that i cannot bring myself to accept females as priests, vicars etc,purely on how i was brought up with my religion,i have no problem if they formed their own female priesthood or whatever but if i was on my deathbed i would not have a female give me my last rights,i find this very strange because any other job or situation i am all for equality and in a lot of cases i think women are far better in the job,what is it about religion that has put this steriotypical sexist attitude into my head.I understand their upset and dissapointment as they do deserve the right of progression but in this case i think it will only happen if they form their own organisation and good luck to them if they do, confused!.

Posted by James O on 23 November 2012 at 12:22

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