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Plymouth vicar: No vote 'very good news' for CofE

Rev Prebendary Rod Thomas, the chairman of the conservative evangelical grouping Reform - which recommended a no vote - concluded the General Synod's decision on women bishops is "very good news for the Church of England".

A general view of the Assembly Hall of Church House, where the vote took place Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The Plymouth vicar said, "We have avoided what could have been a disastrous mistake for our unity and witness".

The defeat came in spite of a series of appeals from senior Bishops in the Church for the Synod to back final approval for the legislation.

'No' campaign group pleased with Synod's decision

Campaign group Together4ward, which was set up by the Church Society to encourage a no vote, said its members are "reflecting on and praying about" the outcome of the General Synod vote.

"We are, however, pleased that Synod has chosen not to pass the Women Bishops Measure in its current form, which we believe would not have allowed the Church to go forward together", it added.

The group said it will make a fuller statement "in due course".


Archbishop: Women bishops vote 'missed opportunity'

The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has spoken of his "deep personal sadness" after the General Synod voted not to approve legislation introducing the first women bishops.

Dr Williams, who after a decade in office leaves his post at the end of this year, said there had been a "missed opportunity" which was "a great burden".

Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, spoke to the media after the vote Credit: ITV News

He wished the incoming Archbishop of Canterbury, the Rt Rev Justin Welby, "every blessing" with resolving the issue.

"Of course I hoped and prayed that this particular business would be at another stage before I left, and course it is a personal sadness, a deep personal sadness that that is not the case," the Archbishop said.

"I can only wish the Synod and the Archbishop all good things and every blessing with resolving this in the shortest possible time", he added.

Jacqui Smith: Synod 'don't represent my country'

Former Home Secretary Jacquie Smith said of the Church of England:

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