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Bishop of Tewkesbury to retire next year

The Rt Revd John Went will be retiring as Bishop of Tewkesbury in 2013 Credit: Diocese of Gloucester

The Bishop Suffragen of Tewkesbury, the Rt Revd John Went has announced that he will retire at the beginning of March.

He and his wife Rosemary have served under two Bishops of Gloucester. Bishop John says:

“As Rosemary and I approach 17 years in the Diocese of Gloucester we look back with great joy on our time in this wonderful part of the world. We shall both miss the busy and richly varied life of a bishop, but after 17 years look forward to a fresh challenge and fresh opportunities.”

Bishop John will return to parish ministry in Buckinghamshire.

A process now begins to explore whether there should be a new Bishop Suffragan of Tewkesbury.

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West Country clergy dismayed at rejection of women bishops

West Country clergy have reacted with dismay to the decision by the governing body of the Church of England not to allow women bishops. One bishop told us he was depressed by the outcome, which he said made the church look foolish.

Although a majority of delegates voted for the change, it didn't receive a big enough majoirty among congregation members. Today a West Country MP raised the issue in Parliament.

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  1. Bob Constantine

West Country clergy dismayed at rejection of women bishops

West Country clergy have reacted with dismay to the decision by the governing body of the Church of England not to allow women bishops. One bishop told us he was depressed by the outcome, which he said made the church look foolish.

Although a majority of delegates voted for the change, it didn't receive a big enough majoirty among congregation members. Today a West Country MP raised the issue in Parliament.

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".

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.

Bristol diocese representative 'ashamed' by outcome

“I am sorry, disappointed and ashamed that this Synod couldn't find a way to echo the view of the vast majority of the church who wanted to see women bishops.

Now, yet again, we will have to wait - we don't know for how long - which will be painful and tedious. But I hope we will get there eventually.”

– Revd Emma Ineson, one of the Diocese of Bristol’s General Synod representatives

Church of England decision 'disastrous' says Bristol Bishop

The Bishop of Bristol has called the General Synod’s failure to agree legislation that enables women to become bishops in the Church of England “disastrous”.

I regard the outcome of today’s debate as disastrous. Whilst I have never believed it necessary for anyone to leave the Church on the basis of the Measure before us today, others clearly took another view.

It will be very difficult for those of us who have supported the ordination of women bishops to process our disappointment in the days ahead. My prayers are with the many people who are hurting, particularly women in our churches and those within and outside the Church who are bemused and disillusioned by such a failure.

– Rt Revd Mike Hill, the Bishop of Bristol

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