Decision against women bishops will be 'disastrous' – city's top clergyman
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".
The legislation required a two thirds majority in all three Houses of Bishops, Clergy and Laity but failed to achieve that majority in the House of Laity by a mere six votes earlier this week.
The Right Reverend Mike Hill said he was dismayed at the outcome.
"I regard the outcome of this debate as disastrous. 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.
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"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."
He added: "It is amazing to me that the decision to ordain women as bishops that the Church of England agreed in principle several years ago has now been undermined for the foreseeable future.
"In a culture that celebrates democracy, it does seem strange that a clear minority has managed to influence the debate and elected representatives in such a way.
"However, we will have to come to terms with where we now are and somehow learn to live together with the serious ramifications this failure to move forward creates."
The Rev Emma Ineson, associate minister at St Matthew's Church, in Kingsdown, who is also one of the Diocese of Bristol's General Synod representatives said she was "disappointed and ashamed" by the decision. 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," she said.
"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."
The Bishop of Bath and Wells, the Right Reverend Peter Price, described the decision "devastating and frustrating".
"After 12 years of considerable debate, much listening and a deep desire to find a way forward that we can achieve together, the loss of the motion in one of the three Houses is deeply disappointing," he said.
"As a supporter of the ordination of women to the episcopate, I have always sought to have a care for those who do not take the position that I do.
"I believe that the provision they looked for was possible, and along with fellow-bishops committed myself to an inclusive church at every level. I continue to believe that will be achievable."