Church of England Rejects Female Bishops
Vote narrowly fails, likely putting issue on hold for 5 years
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 20, 2012 2:00 PM CST
The outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, embraces an unidentified person after the vote failed. Williams supports the idea of female bishops.   (AP Photo/Yui Mok, Pool)

(Newser) – The Church of England allows women to be priests, but it decided today that they still can't be promoted to bishops. The church's governing body just barely blocked a measure to permit female bishops—the majority was in favor, but the measure missed the required two-thirds majority in the House of Laity by six votes, reports the Telegraph. The outcome means the idea is likely dead for another five years.

Columnist Andrew Young at the Guardian doesn't mince words: "I think I have just watched the Church of England commit suicide," he writes. Young blames "conservative evangelicals" who "do not, quite simply believe that women should exercise teaching authority over men."

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Nov 22, 2012 12:49 PM CST
Sad honestly. Even the blessed mother, Mary, was a woman. I wonder, if Mary were to return, would she be disallowed to be a bishop? Intriguing thought.
Nov 21, 2012 9:04 AM CST
It's a wide believe that only satanic churches have women priests. I'm surprised a christian church allows that.
Nov 21, 2012 4:28 AM CST
..., it's because the invisible man up in the sky is ..., a man! religion is just so man-made, and so made-up - give it a rest already ...