- Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; scores killed
- Mississippi abortion law can’t be enforced
- Teacher who survived Sandy Hook has book deal
- Jury awards Jesse Ventura $1.8M in case vs. ‘American Sniper’ author Chris Kyle
- Middle Eastern firm’s deal to manage U.S. cargo port raises security concerns
- Bob McDonnell’s defense: Lonely wife developed ‘crush’ on CEO
- Chinese hackers stole ‘huge quantities’ of sensitive data on Israel’s Iron Dome
- House Republicans unveil bill to speed deportations of border children
- Californians protest middle school for hiring white man to teach cultural studies
- Killer’s sentencing overturned because mother couldn’t find seat in courtroom
Anglicans must ‘get on with it’
Question of the Day
LONDON — The Church of England has much explaining to do following its failure to vote to allow women to serve as bishops, its leader said Wednesday — and politicians from the prime minister downward are already demanding action or answers.
One lawmaker even suggested there might be an issue under anti-discrimination laws.
The governing General Synod blocked the change as the vote among lay members on Tuesday fell short of the required two-thirds majority.
Bishops and clergy, in separate votes, overwhelmingly backed the proposal.
Speaking to the synod a day after the vote, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams said any church member who thought there was an easy solution to the impasse between traditionalists and proponents of female bishops was being unrealistic.
“Yesterday did nothing to make polarization in our church less likely,” said Archbishop Williams, who had long supported the proposed change.
“We have, to put it very bluntly, a lot of explaining to do,” he added.
Speaking in the House of Commons, Prime Minister David Cameron urged the church to resolve the schism and swiftly approve female bishops.
“I’m very clear the time is right for women bishops. It was right many years ago,” Mr. Cameron said.
“They need to get on with it, as it were, and get with the program,” the Conservative prime minister said. “But you do have to respect the individual institutions and the way they work, while giving them a sharp prod.”
Labor Party lawmaker Diana Johnson asked for a statement from the church’s representative explaining “what this means in terms of the continuing discrimination of having only men eligible to sit in the House of Lords as bishops.”
John Bercow, the speaker of the House, noted that there were “very strong voices” in favor of women bishops among legislators.
He suggested that Ms. Johnson approach Maria Miller, the government’s minister for women and equalities, to see whether she “has any responsibilities in relation to this matter.”
Ms. Williams, who had campaigned for the change, said that much of the prolonged debate is “not intelligible to our larger society.”
TWT Video Picks
- Boehner rules out impeachment: 'Scam started by Democrats'
- Obama thanks Muslims for 'building the very fabric of our nation'
- Federal judge grants 90-day stay in D.C. gun case
- Obama's brother wears Hamas scarf bearing anti-Israel slogans in photo
- Smugglers, rainstorm combine to poke holes in border fence
- D.C. seeks to stay judge's order allowing gun owners to carry in public
- Obama: 'Not a new Cold War,' but new Russia sanctions announced
- White House says Russia 'losing' war in Ukraine
- McCLAUGHRY: Finish off the "Islamic State" quickly and cheaply
- PRUDEN: When the hangman botches the job
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world