The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu
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Church of England women bishop vote: Sentamu reads result

The general synod of the Church of England has voted against the appointment of women as bishops.

The decision came at the end of a day of debate by supporters and opponents and a 12-year legislative process.

The measure was passed by the synod's houses of bishops and clergy but was rejected by the house of laity.

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, read the results after warning that the results of controversial votes were customarily received in silence.

  • 20 Nov 2012