The Church's decision to postpone a vote on allowing women to become bishops is disappointing, but necessary, according to the Bishop of Lincoln.
The Right Reverend Christopher Lowson said that the delay announced today by the General Synod of the Church of England will allow further careful consideration.
Bishop Christopher said said he supported the adjournment, despite his intention to vote in favour of the proposed legislation.
"The Church has been waiting a long time for this vote, and I felt it would be very sad day if the ministry of women were further compromised had the proposal been voted down," he said.
"We now have the opportunity to ensure that the proposals, and the concessions put in place to ensure the future ministry of all traditions of the Church, work for everyone.
"It is much better to wait a few months to refine the legislation than for it now to be voted down and for any prospect of women becoming bishops being lost for many years."
The proposed legislation is expected to return to the General Synod in November after further consideration by the House of Bishops.