This time it is the Anglicans. They haven’t worked out that the world won’t end if they have women bishops. Better than covering up the buggering of little boys though.
Historic plans to allow women to become bishops have been plunged into crisis after existing bishops voted through an eleventh-hour concession to traditionalists.
Campaigners for women in the episcopacy in the Church of England are considering whether to vote the plan down themselves, with some privately condemning it as a “compromise too far”.
Others say that the concession would give legal status to the view that women bishops would carry a “taint”.
Yet traditionalists also voiced disappointment at the measure, which they said falls far short of the assurances they say they need, and warned the Church is facing a “terminal” crisis.
It comes after the Church’s House of Bishops met behind closed doors in York to give its approval to the long-awaited legislation.
In theory it clears the way for a landmark vote at the Church’s General Synod in July to ordain women as bishops.