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Delay on vote to allow women bishops disappointing, but necessary, says Bishop of Lincoln

By Barnaby_B  |  Posted: July 09, 2012

The Right Reverend Christopher Lowson

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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.

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"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.

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  • savethepubs  |  July 10 2012, 8:47AM

    Perhaps vpire could also look up 'comparative religion'.

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  • Derp_Lincoln  |  July 10 2012, 12:56AM

    "As for women Bishops, does anybody really care, I know I dont..." You care enough to post, durrr...

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  • onearmless  |  July 10 2012, 12:04AM

    I cannot understand anyone wanting to give there life to God. Nobody knows weather God actually existed or that it's all just a myth! As for women Bishops, does anybody really care, I know I dont...

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  • Oates Consult Limited  |  July 09 2012, 9:51PM

    If any other employer excluded women from advancing to the top jobs they would be brought before an employment tribunal. Until the church allow everyone equal opportunity the bishops in the House of Lords should be suspended.

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  • vpire  |  July 09 2012, 8:01PM

    So how, in this day and age, is this blatant discrimination allowed? If you look up Horus, the Egyptian sky god, 2200 bc, he was a virgin birth, spent his life telling people to love each other, promoted equality across the globe, freed slaves, healed the sick, was crucified and rose up as Lazarus. Technically the modern religions are guilty of intellectual property theft and all the little rules and discriminations from modern religions are invalid.

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