The governing body of the Church of England, the General Synod, blocked a proposed change in its policy that would have allowed women — already members of the priesthood — from becoming bishops in the church. For the proposed changes to be accepted, two-thirds of the members in each governing body of the church would have had to vote in favor of the change. This was achieved in two of the bodies, the House of Bishops and the House of Clergy, but was narrowly defeated in the House of Laity. So the Church of England will remain with its feet planted firmly in the 19th century for at least another five years.
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