Church: 'No women bishops'

The Bishop of Durham, Justin Welby, says the vote against women bishops marked a 'sad day'.

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"Very grim day" for Church of England

The Bishop of Durham, and future Archbishop of Canterbury, has expressed his disappointment at the failure of the General Synod to pass legislation that would introduce women bishops into the church.

Bishop of Durham was "deeply committed" to bill

The Church of England General Synod voted against having women bishops Credit: ITN

The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu made the announcement last night that the measure to bring in women bishops "will not proceed any further" until a new Synod comes into being.

A new Synod is not set sit until 2015.

The draft measure lost by just six votes in the House of Laity, failing to reach the two-thirds majority amongst the Synod's lay members needed to pass the legislation.

The Rt Rev Justin Welby, current Bishop of Durham and the next Archbishop of Canterbury, was also a fierce supporter of the bill. Earlier in the day before the vote at the Synod took place he had said that he was "deeply committed" to the bill, believing that it was "time to finish the job."

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Bishop of Durham reacts to no vote to women bishops

Justin Welby at the General Synod yesterday Credit: ITV

The Bishop of Durham, Justin Welby, has called the rejection of women bishops a "very grim day".

The ordination of women bishops in the Church of England was narrowly rejected by its ruling general synod on Tuesday.

The Rt Rev Justin Welby, who will be come the Archbishop of Canterbury next year, has always expressed his support for women bishops.

The vote needed to gain gain two-thirds majority support in each of the synod's three houses - bishops, clergy and laity - but fell short by six votes in the House of Laity.

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