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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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CofE General Synod prepares for historic vote

The decision is being billed as the biggest the General Synod has taken in the 20 years since it first backed the introduction of women priests.

Canon Rosie Harper speaks during discussions about female bishops Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

In spite of women now making up around a third of all clergy, and just under half of those training for ordination, the Church has struggled to draw up legislation introducing women bishops which is accepted by both traditionalists and pro-women campaigners.

Complex negotiations have centred on the arrangements where a woman bishop is appointed but traditionalist parishes reject her authority.

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