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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 to make statement after women bishops vote

The Archbishop of Canterbury will make a statement today after the Church of England rejected legislation that would have paved the way for women bishops.

Dr Rowan Williams, the outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Dr Rowan Williams is due to speak as the Church's national assembly gathers after the legislation failed to gain the necessary two thirds majority amongst lay members.

His statement will come after an emergency meeting of the Church of England bishops following the narrow defeat.

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