Church of England meeting ahead of women bishops vote
6 July 2012 Last updated at 17:39 BST
The Church of England's ruling synod is meeting in York ahead of a planned vote on whether to allow women bishops.
Women now constitute a third of priests and there is a widespread feeling among Anglicans that the new role should be open to them.
But plans to exempt traditionalists from serving under women bishops have caused division within the Church.
The BBC's religious affairs correspondent Robert Pigott reports.