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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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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."

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