Williams: 'Church lost credibility'

The Archbishop of Canterbury has told the Church of England General Synod that "we have lost a level of credibility in the wider society" after they voted against introducing women bishops.

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No 10: PM thinks there should be women bishops

by - Former Political Correspondent

The Prime Minister's spokesman says David Cameron's personal view is that there should be women bishops and he shares the disappointment of the bishops over last night's defeat on the issue.

But the spokesman stresses that it is "clearly up to the church to decide". He says there are "no plans to change the rules" on the Equality Act, from which the Church of England is currently exempt.

Williams: 'We are wilfully blind to society's priorities'

The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has said the Church of England has "undoubtedly" lost a "measure of credibility" in wider society following the defeat of the legislation to introduce women Bishops to the church.

The out-going Archbishop of Canterbury speaks this morning. Credit: ITV News

He told the General Synod: "Whatever the motivation for voting yesterday whatever the theological principle on which people acted and spoke, the fact remains that a great deal of this discussion is not intelligible to our wider society.

"Worse than that, it seems as if we are wilfully blind to some of the trends and priorities of that wider society.

"We have some explaining to do, we have as a result of yesterday undoubtedly lost a measure of credibility in our society."


Report: Williams: 'Bishop vote has lost church credibility'

The Archbishop of York's press officer Kerron Cross has tweeted the outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has told the Synod the church's vote to reject women bishops has lost the Church of England credibility.


++Rowan "We have lost a level of credibility in the wider society based on yesterday." #synod

Sentamu: 'Women Bishop vote is very disappointing'

Speaking on BBC Radio 4 this morning, the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, has said the vote was "very disappointing" but he remained hopeful for the future.


Archbishop of York @johnsentamu says the Church of England’s decision not to allow women to become bishops is “very disappointing” #r4today


Archbishop @johnsentamu: “There will be women bishops in my lifetime... The principle has already been accepted.” #r4today

Williams to make statement after women bishops vote

The Archbishop of Canterbury will make a statement today after the Church of England rejected legislation that would have paved the way for women bishops.

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Dr Rowan Williams, the outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

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.

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