David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has expressed his “great disappointment” at the failure of the Church of England Synod to pass legislation that would allow the ordination of female Bishops.
Under Synod rules, the legislation required a two-thirds majority in each of the three voting houses. This was achieved in the House of Bishops and House of Clergy, but was four votes short in the House of Laity. This means that legislation cannot be introduced again until at least 2015.
Mr Evennett is a regular communicant member of St Paulinus Church in Crayford and voted in favour of the legislation that allowed women to become Priests. The first female Priests were ordained in 1994.
Commenting on the result, Mr Evennett said “It is difficult to comprehend that this important change be rejected in the 21st Century. Ordained women make such a valuable contribution Church already, including at local Churches. There are many female Priests who would make excellent Bishops and they should be able to be promoted on merit. This result is a great disappointment and a disaster for the Church of England.”