Bishop of Winchester disappointed over failure of women bishops

Hampshire Chronicle: The Bishop of Winchester, Rt Rev Tim Dakin The Bishop of Winchester, Rt Rev Tim Dakin

THE Bishop of Winchester has expressed disappointment at the defeat of the campaign for women bishops.

The Right Revd Tim Dakin, enthroned as bishop in September and speaking after the vote was lost on Tuesday, said: “I am very sad that the General Synod was unable to proceed with an agreed way of ordaining women as bishops.

“I shall continue to support the full inclusion of women in all forms of ministry whilst ensuring that there is an honoured place in the mission of the diocese for those who do not agree with development in this area.

He added: “With colleagues I shall be offering support to those who feel disappointed and confused by this decision.”

The General Synod needed a two-thirds majority in the houses of bishops, clergy and laity.
Whilst more than two thirds voted for the legislation in both the House of Bishops (44-03) and the House of Clergy (148-45), the vote in favour of the legislation in the House of Laity was less than two-thirds (132-74). The vote in the House of Laity fell short of approval by four votes.

In total 324 members of the General Synod voted to approve the legislation and 122 voted to reject it.
The House of Bishops has been meeting in emergency session to consider the consequences of the vote.

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12:42pm Thu 22 Nov 12

ReverendPaul says...

Sadly a lot of damage will be done now that the issue of Women Bishops has been denied by just a very small minority. I would hope that there was an act of synod available to over rule the decision similar to the Parliament Act.
There was a clear Yes vote but archaic rules mean it missed the winning post by 4 votes.
I have experienced significant interest from Anglicans over the past few days looking for an inclusive spiritual home as they no longer feel part of an exclusive church. As an inter-faith priest I am able to reach out to those affected and disappointed by the decision and offer them a welcome into my local ministry. www.st-sebastians-in
clusive-church.co.uk

I hope and pray that those affected will understand that they were called to be a servant of Christ and to follow their callings to minister to all people.
Sadly a lot of damage will be done now that the issue of Women Bishops has been denied by just a very small minority. I would hope that there was an act of synod available to over rule the decision similar to the Parliament Act. There was a clear Yes vote but archaic rules mean it missed the winning post by 4 votes. I have experienced significant interest from Anglicans over the past few days looking for an inclusive spiritual home as they no longer feel part of an exclusive church. As an inter-faith priest I am able to reach out to those affected and disappointed by the decision and offer them a welcome into my local ministry. www.st-sebastians-in clusive-church.co.uk I hope and pray that those affected will understand that they were called to be a servant of Christ and to follow their callings to minister to all people. ReverendPaul
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3:13pm Sun 25 Nov 12

Belgarum says...

What else would you expect from an outdated, discriminatory institution like the church?!

The sooner we see the back of it and this country becomes totally secular, the better!
What else would you expect from an outdated, discriminatory institution like the church?! The sooner we see the back of it and this country becomes totally secular, the better! Belgarum
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