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Women bishop ruling is 'distracting'

Reverend Eleanor Hancock, a vicar in Carlisle, has spoken to TV Border of her shock and disappointment to the decision not to appoint women as bishops in the Church of England, but she says the debate has distracted people away from the work of the church. She said:

"Actually these things distract us from the work of the church. That what we're called to be is to be Jesus, to be Christ to the people that we work with and that we live amongst. And folk that aren't members of a church in the main, won't understand what this is all about, and I really think it gives a very wrong impression of what we're trying to do at ground level day by day; men and women working together serving the communities in which they live."

– Reverend Eleanor Hancock

Carlisle vicar 'hurt' by women bishop decision

Reverend Eleanor Hancock Credit: ITV Border

Eleanor Hancock is a vicar in Carlisle she spoke to ITV Border about her reaction to the decision not to allow women bishops in the Church of England. She said she was shocked and hurt and added:

"The thing that we have got to gets to grips with in the Church of England, and in other faith communities, is the fact that actually we are so much against discrimination in all other ways.

"We preach 'loving neighbour' and 'caring for each other' and 'equality 'and all of those kind of things and then what do we do? We treat women like second class citizens when it comes to leadership.

"In this country we actually legislate and enable and allow gender discrimination to take place within the faith community and I don't think that's acceptable any more."

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