VOTE: Should women become bishops in the Church of England

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THE Church of England synod has poured cold water on hopes for the introduction of women bishops after 12 years of debate.

The shock vote plunged the Church into turmoil and threatens to widen the chasm between reformers and traditionalists.

A vigil by supporters of women bishops was held on the steps of Church House and many were in tears after the result. It could be 2015 before a new vote on the matter reaches the synod, the Church’s national assembly, because of rules on repeated voting.


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