CofE reaches temporary compromise on women bishops
The synod voted against measures proposed by the Manchester diocesan synod that would have allowed parishes opposed to women bishops to be administered by male ones (Manchester was supported by the Archbishop of York), however, they synod also voted against a proposal by the Southwark diocesan synod calling for the CofE to press ahead with legislation to introduce women bishops.
The synod agreed that the legislation introducing women bishops can now be revised by the bishops, and will be put before the synod in July. If passed then, the first women bishops could be ordained in 2014.
The Times reports the defeat of the diocese of Manchester’s proposals as a defeat for the Archbishops http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/faith/article3313973.ece Christina Rees says 42 out of the 44 dioceses wish to see women bishops have equal status within the church.