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VIDEO: There was growing resentment today over the Church of England's decision NOT to appoint women bishops. The measure was passed by the synod's houses of bishops and clergy but was rejected by the House of Laity. Andy Dickenson reports.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, said the Church of England has a "lot of explaining" to do after rejecting legislation introducing the first women bishops.
Dr Rowan Williams is due to speak as the Church's national assembly gathers after the legislation failed to gain the necessary two thirds majority amongst lay members.
His statement will come after an emergency meeting of the Church of England bishops following the narrow defeat.
The Chichester Diocese has released the following statement following the Synod vote not to allow women bishops.