Church of England seen delaying women bishop vote

By REUTERS
July 9, 2012 03:34

 
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YORK, England - The Church of England looks set to delay its final vote on the consecration of women as bishops following a campaign to scupper it by supporters angry at a last-minute concession to traditionalists.

Positions have become so entrenched at the church's General Synod, or parliament, in York, northern England, that an adjournment seems the most likely outcome during Monday's debate, resulting in the amendment being sent back to the House of Bishops to think again.

But there is no guarantee the bishops will be able to come back with an answer that satisfies both supporters and opponents, leaving both sides still at loggerheads - after more than 10 years of debate - when the draft legislation is due to return in November.

"What they could possibly do is find another form of words which is more acceptable to both sides, but that is the goal, the great prize, which we have been looking at for years," Bishop of Beverley Martyn Jarrett, a traditionalist Anglo-Catholic, told Reuters.

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