Shock and sadness at Synod vote
Yesterday the General Synod – the Church of England’s ruling body – voted against legislation that would enable women to be bishops. The Bishop of Sheffield, Rt. Revd. Steven Croft has issued the following statement:
I am deeply saddened that the Measure to enable women to become bishops was not passed by the General Synod today by a very narrow margin in the House of Laity.
I give heartfelt thanks to God this evening for the ministries of the women who are priests and deacons in the Diocese of Sheffield. I deeply value and cherish their ministries as do the parishes where they serve.
I want to affirm my Christian understanding of the equality of women and men before God, in society and the life of the Church.
I want to affirm my commitment to seeing women become bishops in the Church of England as soon as is humanly possible. This is the view of the overwhelming majority of bishops in the Church of England.
I will be making a longer statement as the Diocese of Sheffield gathers for our own Synod this coming Saturday. The Bishop of Doncaster and I will be meeting with the women clergy of the Diocese next week to consider ways forward.