The debate and vote on Women Bishops could end with either the debate being adjourned which is what a number of Women Bishop supporters want as they don’t like the additional clause added by the Bishops or it could fail to reach the necessary two thirds majority in all three house (Bishops, Clergy and Laity). If it fails the earliest it can come back is 2015. However if the debate is just adjourned it will come back in a special session in November when a final decision could then be made. However this could depend on the Bishops withdrawing the clause which has caused some women such problems. The argument is that the additional clause makes consecrated women second class bishops. In fact, it does nothing of the sort; it provides a bare minimum of protection for those opposed to women bishops on theological grounds – just a bare minimum!
If the debate is adjourned It is just possible, that the Bishops will have the courage to stick to their decision but I will not be holding my breath.
However it seems to me that those women who see their future as bishops want to rid themselves of any sort of opposition and want the opposition to leave. As The Revd. Rose Hudson-Wilkin said recently: “The Church is desperately trying to hold everybody together, and we haven’t understood that this is not going to be possible. To try to do that is to put on a sticking plaster that is going to curl at the edge and fall apart. It cannot be sustainable. The whole thing is a mess. We need to say, as a Church, 'We ordain men and women.’ Full stop. All the way to the top. For those who feel that they can’t live with it? They’re adults. By all means, go to Rome. Join the Ordinariate. Don’t stay and make demands of the Church. It’s wrong.”
What she, and others like her fail to understand is that those of us called traditionalists are endeavouring to maintain the apostolic faith which has been maintained by the church since its inception by Our Lord.