'Sorrow' after synod fails to accept women bishops
THE Bishop of Derby has expressed his sorrow following a decision by the Church of England general synod not to proceed to allow the ordination of women as bishops.
Dr Alastair Redfern said he was "very sorry that the general synod had not endorsed the legislation".
He said: "The great majority of people long for this step.
"Indeed, 42 out of 44 dioceses endorsed the move.
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"But we must stop and reflect with those of all viewpoints to discern what we might learn about our life together and our continuing desire to communicate the essence of our faith."
Also speaking of his "deep personal sadness" was the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, who leaves his post at the end of this year after a decade in office.
He said he wished the incoming Archbishop of Canterbury, the Rt Rev Justin Welby, "every blessing" with resolving the issue and added: "I hoped and prayed that this particular business would be at another stage before I left.
"This vote, of course, isn't the end of the story.
"This is not an issue that is going to go away.
"About three quarters of the total membership of synod voted for this, the dioceses voted for it.
"There is still the will for this to happen and so what the Church of England now has to do is find a way forward."
The remarks of the bishop and archbishop came after the legislation cleared the houses of bishops and clergy but failed narrowly to gain the necessary two thirds majority in the House of Laity.
General synod member Susie Leafe said supporters would still try to go on with their fight.
She added: "We'll take a new piece of paper and we'll start again and we'll find a way of doing this."