Published: 12:17, 22 November 2012 |
Updated: 09:43, 10 January 2014
by Graham Tutthill firstname.lastname@example.org
The Bishop of Dover says the door is still open to women serving as bishops in the Church of England.
The Rt Rev Trevor Wilmott, who publicly supports women bishops, made his comments in a letter written to the clergy and lay people of the Diocese of Canterbury following the vote at the General Synod on Tuesday.
"The vote was not a ‘no’ to women bishops, but it was a ‘no’ to the proposed legislation as it stands," he said.
"I believe that the door to women being bishops is open and cannot now be shut. The clear majority of the Church of England demands it, the people of this country expect it, and I believe that the Holy Spirit yearns for it. There will be women bishops in the Church of England and I hope and pray that the wait will not be a long one."
In his letter, Bishop Trevor affirms the place of women priests in the Diocese saying they are ‘valued and appreciated widely’. He also reassures those people and priests with opposing views saying: "As Bishop, I have consistently assured those who find the episcopal or priestly ministry of women difficult that there will be a place for them, which respects their convictions."
The House of Bishops meets in two weeks' time to consider the consequences of the vote.
Every morning at 10am we play you an hour of tunes from the 90s. We call it, #WeLoveThe90s.
Play 'Say It' with Garry and Laura on kmfm Breakfast and you could win £1,000!
Wake up to kmfm Breakfast with Garry and Laura - it's Kent's alarm call.
A guide for your future. For year 11 students in Kent and Medway. Click here for the e-edition.
Education, Training & Childcare is a special supplement published by KM Media Group four times a year. Click here for latest e-edition.
Get the latest food and drink news, recipes from some of the nation's top chefs plus updates from Kent's vineyards and breweries.
Search in your local area to find your perfect partner in Kent, with FreshStart Dating! PLUS, register for free!.
Find out what's going on in the garden, with Kent expert Lucy Hewett's weekly update.
Buy pictures that you've seen in a KM newspaper, or send in a picture and we will place it on our photo sales website so that you can purchase a super, unique gift.