Church of England says no to women bishops
The Church of England's governing body has blocked a move to permit women to serve as bishops in a vote.
The General Synod tore up plans to ordain women as bishops, despite overwhelming support in parishes.
The move marks a disastrous end to the tenure of Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, after he pinned his hopes for a legacy on the outcome.
It also presents a dramatic challenge to his successor, the Bishop of Durham, Justin Welby, who staked his authority on a vote in favour, the Telegraph reports.
Dr Williams spoke of 'deep personal sadness' as one bishop described it a 'very dark day for the Church'.
MPs expressed dismay and warned that the decision would intensify calls for the disestablishment of the Church of England, the report said.
Supporters of the plans lined up during the debate at the General Synod to warn that it would be a 'suicide' for the Church's 'mission' in society to reject the measure in the face of strong support, the report added.