England

Church of England Votes Against Women Bishops

Internal division will continue

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The Church of England voted on Tuesday against allowing women bishops after it failed to win the support of enough lay members for the reform, leaving the Church facing more internal strife over an issue that has divided it for years.

After hours of debate, the General Synod, the Church legislature made up of separate houses for bishops, clergy and laity, fell just short of the two-thirds majority required in all three houses to pass the measure.

"It was carried in the houses of bishops and clergy, but lost in the house of laity. The motion having been lost … we do not proceed any further," said Archbishop of York John Sentamu.

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