Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 9°C

Search

The pigs are coming. Find out more about

Pigs Gone Wild

here.

East Anglia: Bishop’s disappointment at vote

15:30 22 November 2012

The Rt Rev Nigel Stock, Bishop of the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocese, said the decline in Christians is a

The Rt Rev Nigel Stock, Bishop of the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocese, said the decline in Christians is a 'challenge'.

Archant

BISHOP Nigel Stock has spoken of his deep disappointment that women priests will not be able to become bishops within the Church of England.

The General Synod of the Church of England voted on Tuesday night to reject the draft legislation to allow women to become bishops.

To be approved, the legislation required a two thirds majority in each of the three voting houses – the House of Bishops, the House of Clergy and the House of Laity.

While more than two thirds voted for the legislation in both the House of Bishops (44-3) and the House of Clergy (148-45), the vote in the House of Laity fell short by just four votes (132-74).

The Rt Rev Nigel Stock, Bishop of the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocese, said: “Overall there is a clear majority within the Church of England who want women to become bishops. I know that in our diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich there will be widespread disappointment.

“This is very sad for the vast majority of the Church who had hoped that this development would go through. I would like to reassure women clergy that despite their disappointment this is no reflection on their much valued ministry, which continues to be hugely valued and appreciated.”

In total, 324 members of the General Synod voted for the legislation and 122 voted to reject it.

The “no” vote means it will not be possible to introduce the same draft legislation until 2015, unless the Group of Six – the Archbishops, the Prolocutors and the chair and vice chair of the House of Laity – give their permission.

0 comments

Nitro Circus Live at Foxhall Stadium.

Fans have been left upset and out of pocket after they claim they were turned away from a stunt show because of bad weather - only to find the event went ahead slightly later than scheduled.

Chemical incident in Glamorgan Road, Ipswich

Fire, police, and ambulance services were sent to a chemical incident in the Stoke Park area of town.

The Pigs Gone Wild trail covers key Ipswich landmarks

There were shrieks of delightthis morning as children scrambled over concrete plinths holding some exciting new additions to Ipswich town centre.

Dougie and Sheila Gedny with their daughter Linda Main at the completion of Upper Abbey Farmhouse at Leiston.

A Suffolk woman has returned to the house where she was born more than 70 years ago to see it fully restored following a fire.

Parade to mark the opening of the Southwold Arts Festival

The circus rolled up to a Suffolk seaside town for the launch of an annual festival featuring some ‘big top’ names from the world of art, literature, music and dance.

Will Young at Newmarket Nights - photos by Simon Traylen

Evergreen pop star Will Young showed he remains a hit with fans as crowds flocked to see him perform at Newmarket racecourse.

Race for Life in Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds has been cancelled due to heavy rain overnight.

Today’s Race for Life event in Bury St Edmunds has been cancelled due to heavy raining and flooding at Nowton Park.

Turner's watercolour painting off Orfordness, dating from around 1827.

Art historian Eric Shanes, who is giving a talk at Southwold Arts Festival on Turner’s east coast tours, spoke to Sheena Grant.

600 primary school children are attending a science fair at Thomas Gainsborough School in Great Cornard. Pictured with flame is Head of Chemistry Andy Cameron.

This week our headlines were dominated by the EU referendum, with campaigners from the Remain camp hitting the streets of Bury St Edmunds before the vote on Thursday.

Lionel Richie on stage in Colchester

“What the hell is this? You call this a summer evening? Welcome to Cold-chester!”

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24