Bishop of Winchester ‘disappointed’ by General Synod vote

Daily Echo: The Right Rev Tim Dakin, the Bishop of Winchester The Right Rev Tim Dakin, the Bishop of Winchester

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

The Right Rev Tim Dakin 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 while 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).

In total 324 members of the General Synod voted to approve the legislation and 122 voted to reject it.

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9:32am Sun 25 Nov 12

freefinker says...

What a total irrelevance to the real world - religion in general and the C of E in particular.
What a total irrelevance to the real world - religion in general and the C of E in particular. freefinker

9:57am Sun 25 Nov 12

Solomon's Boot says...

"irrelevance to the real world"....That sums up religion very nicely.

"Fairytale world" springs to mind. They just make it worse and segregate themselves more and more!
"irrelevance to the real world"....That sums up religion very nicely. "Fairytale world" springs to mind. They just make it worse and segregate themselves more and more! Solomon's Boot

5:24pm Sun 25 Nov 12

good-gosh says...

I would support female bishops. The ladies love of shopping would surely overturn the silly restricted Sunday opening hours.
I would support female bishops. The ladies love of shopping would surely overturn the silly restricted Sunday opening hours. good-gosh

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