The Anglican church says it will try to find a way around fierce opposition to women becoming bishops, by drafting a national code of practice. But it has given any details. The General Synod voted to allow the ordination of women as bishops despite 1300 members of the clergy threatening to quit the church. It also threw out a compromise proposal for all-male “super bishops”.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, is angry at the attempts to block women from higher positions.
“I am deeply unhappy with any scheme, or any solution to this, which ends up, as it were, structurally humiliating women who might be nominated to the episcopate,” he said.
In England, one in six parish priests is a woman. But traditionalists argue that all Jesus Christ’s disciples were men so there is no precedent for female bishops.