The failure of the General Synod to agree on the legislation to allow for the ordaining of women bishops reflects Synod’s lack of consensus over this matter. It has uncovered a stubborn unease, particularly among lay people, about the Measure that was presented.
Acutely aware of the profound anguish that will now be felt by so many, we believe that it is wise at this point to refrain from analysis of the past or speculation about what the future might hold.These are testing times for the Church of England. We pray that we who, between us, have held different opinions on this great matter will be able to find in each other the wisdom and humility we shall need to build a common future.
Instead, we face yet more turbulent times and possible announce that we 'traditionalists', as we are referred to in the press, have managed to disrupt the path of this draft measure.
I don't think for a second that this is a time for gloating or celebration - but instead now should be a time for the 'traditionalist's' to reach out and offer our heart felt prayers to those who may feel that their efforts and energies have been emotionally exhausted (albeit temporarily). We now need to show our pastoral love and affection to those whom we have disagreed with.
In my opinion, our efforts perhaps would now be better directed towards the great commission which Christ has given us. We need to double our efforts - with the Church as a whole to the mission of the church and work together to build a greater and deeper relationship of love and shared faith with one another to further the mission that Christ has given to us - and which He continues to guide us upon with the guidance and occasional prodding of the Holy Spirit. Of course, those who want to see women Bishops will seek to set the ball rolling once more - I do not doubt that for a instant. But now, we need to sing an old song - we need to sing that Jesus is genuinely alive and seeks to join with our hearts and to change and heal us all (especially we 'traditionalists') for the glory of the Kingdom of God.