Church of England Rejects Women Bishops
In this statement issued after the vote in the Church of England Synod, PCN Britain expresses its regret that women priests are not to be given the opportunity to become bishops.
The Progressive Christianity Network Britain deeply regrets that the Synod of the Church of England was unable to agree to a way in which it could accept women as bishops, against the advice of the Archbishop of Canterbury, and the Archbishop-designate. Other provinces of the Anglican church have found a way to do so and been enriched by the ministry of both male and female bishops. Other churches in Britain have for some years had women in leadership roles, and benefited greatly from doing so.
We hold in our prayers those who are distraught by what has happened, as well as those who have felt unable to accept that women should be able to exercise an episcopal role. We will continue our work of encouraging all Christians to listen to one another in an open and loving spirit, as we all seek a vision and understanding of Christianity which does not try to escape from the challenges of the modern world.
The Chair of PCN Britain, the Revd. John Churcher is available to comment. He is available on: 01727 760058 or 07738 706739 firstname.lastname@example.org
from: Michael Wright - Media Officer PCN Britain