Jonathan Wynne-Jones in the Telegraph:
One bishop had to be comforted by other church leaders as he remained crying in his seat.
The Archbishop of Canterbury seemed equally as pained, spending much of the debate with his head in his hands.
As strange as this may seem to outsiders – most of whom don’t understand why such inequality wasn’t redressed years ago – it remains a highly emotional issue for the Church.
For women clergy, the glass ceiling can not be broken soon enough, but for traditionalists, the historic reform threatens to shatter their hopes of being able to remain as Anglicans.
It appeared that Anglo-Catholics and conservative evangelicals opposed to making women bishops had been shown the door following the vote in July that gave them minimum concessions.
However, in a typically Anglican effort to find a compromise, the group responsible for drafting the crucial legislation is now suggesting that traditionalist clergy should be given their own “flying bishops”.
This is being proposed as a potential solution to avert a mass exodus of clergy despite the General Synod rejecting this option.