A very brief note on the reporting of the recent vote on whether women should be allowed to become bishops in the Church of England.
Understandably, there has been a considerable amount of angst about the vote’s failure to pass. However, I was slightly surprised by the reporting of the issue, which has focused almost exclusively on the supporters of the motion rather than those opposed. The BBC headlines have described how Archbishop Sentamu believes there will be “women bishops in my lifetime”, how the new Archbishop of Canterbury regards it as a “grim day”, and the “tears and anger” provoked by the vote.
The result is of course controversial, and to be frank, is not one I’m personally very happy about. The vote may well have been stopped by a minority of votes*, but I’m still keen to hear more from the other side.
* For the motion to have passed, two thirds needed to vote in favour. I realise I am simplifying a bit here.
Update 22/11/12: See Thomas’s comment for a more informed view of things!