The go-ahead for women bishops was supposed to be the crowning achievement of Dr Rowan William's ten years as the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Today, as the Church of England discussed where it goes after the General Synod voted against the measure, Dr Williams said it has "lost a measure of credibility" and had "some explaining to do".
Anger is building in the Commons over the Church of England's decision on women bishops, but what action, if any, can be taken?
The Church of England General Synod voted against allowing women bishops in what the Archbishop of Canterbury called "a missed opportunity".
Today's debate on female bishops is painfully slow but shows the determination of the Church to build consensus and respect their community.