Bishop’s ‘sadness’

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THE Bishop of Sheffield expressed his “deep sadness” this week in the wake of the Church of England’s blocking of plans to ordain women as bishops.

The Rt Rev Steven Croft will address the local diocesan assembly - the Synod - in Doncaster on Saturday to examine the way forward.

He said: “I am deeply saddened that the measure to enable women to become bishops was not passed by the General Synod by a very narrow margin in the House of Laity.”

Bishop Steven said he “deeply valued and cherished” the ministries of the women who are priests and deacons in the Diocese of Sheffield - “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.”