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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MPs tweet reaction to women bishops rejection

Labour MP for Durham City Roberta Blackman Woods, Conservative MP for Torridge and West Devon Geoffrey Cox and Liberal Democrat MP for St Austell and Newquay Stephen Gilbert have tweeted:

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V disappointed by Church of Eng vote on women bishops Hope Justin Welby can make progress & correct this wrong unrepresentative vote #Synod

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Synod decision is the democratic and legitimate expression of the government of the church and should be respected even if we disagree.

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Church of England seems to be taking Wilde's advice the wrong way around - doesn't want those who want to be members #LostThePlot

Newspapers reaction to CofE rejecting women bishops

"One speaker said, as if it mattered: "I don't believe that this is legislation that will allow the world to look at the church tonight and see Jesus Christ"; and no one pointed out that back on planet earth, the world will look at the church today and say: 'Jesus Christ!'"

"The decision is remarkable but understandable given the Anglican Church's paralysis. On the one hand, it has become the Labour Party at prayer – fixated on equality. On the other, its obsession with showing respect to conservatives means that it cannot commit to its own egalitarian principles."

"Yesterday was a sad and shameful day for the Church of England and therefore for the country of which it is the established religion. It took 12 years of deliberation and prayer for the Church to arrive at its decision on appointing women as bishops, and yet it got that decision dreadfully wrong."

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Plymouth vicar: No vote 'very good news' for CofE

Rev Prebendary Rod Thomas, the chairman of the conservative evangelical grouping Reform - which recommended a no vote - concluded the General Synod's decision on women bishops is "very good news for the Church of England".

A general view of the Assembly Hall of Church House, where the vote took place
A general view of the Assembly Hall of Church House, where the vote took place Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The Plymouth vicar said, "We have avoided what could have been a disastrous mistake for our unity and witness".

The defeat came in spite of a series of appeals from senior Bishops in the Church for the Synod to back final approval for the legislation.

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'No' campaign group pleased with Synod's decision

Campaign group Together4ward, which was set up by the Church Society to encourage a no vote, said its members are "reflecting on and praying about" the outcome of the General Synod vote.

"We are, however, pleased that Synod has chosen not to pass the Women Bishops Measure in its current form, which we believe would not have allowed the Church to go forward together", it added.

The group said it will make a fuller statement "in due course".

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