Media Centre

Daily Media Briefing: Wednesday 21 November

Good Morning from the Church of England Communications Office 

Issued at 08.20 by hd / nc

Tomorrow: Cecilia, martyr, c.230

1.  General Synod Rejects Draft Legislation on Women Bishops

The General Synod of the Church of England has voted to reject the draft legislation to allow women to become bishops. Under the requirements of the Synod the legislation required a two-thirds majority in each of the three voting houses for final draft approval. Whilst more than two thirds voted for the legislation in both the House of Bishops (44-03) and the House of Clergy (148-45), the vote in favour of the legislation in the House of Laity was less than two-thirds (132-74). The vote in the House of Laity fell short of approval by 4 votes. For full details go to:

2.  Archbishop-designate speaks in favour of women bishops legislation

Rt Rev Justin Welby, Bishop of Durham and Archbishop-designate of Canterbury, spoke in favour of the legislation to enable women to be bishops at the General Synod today, as many spoke alternately in favour and against. For more details go to:

3.  General Synod begins Final Approval debate on draft legislation on women bishops

The General Synod celebrated Holy Communion in the assembly chamber, after which, Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, took the chair for the debates on legislation that would enable women to become bishops in the Church of England. The full statement may be found at

4. Archbishop of Canterbury's Statement for the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has released a statement for the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children. For full details, go to

5.  Mental Health Matters: New web resource launched at Synod

A new web resource to encourage the Church's pastoral ministry in the area of mental health, Mental Health Matters, was launched today at a fringe meeting during this week's sessions of the General Synod at Church House, Westminster. The full statement may be found at

6.  Today's press coverage

Telegraph p1, Financial Times p4, Times p1 and p6, Guardian p1, Independent p1 and p2, i p1 and p7, Daily Mail p4, Daily Express p5, Sun p4, Daily Mirror p2, Daily Star p8, Metro p4
Many news stories relaying the news that the General Synod of the Church of England did not give final approval to legislation that would have allowed women to become bishops.

Times p2 and 7, Guardian p2, 3 and 30, Independent p3 and 20, Mail p14 and 18, Mirror p8
Leaders and comment on yesterday's General Synod vote on women bishops.

Guardian p2, Evening Standard p9
Sidebar stories on General Synod focussing on Equality laws and the Tweeting of Synod.

Independent p43, Guardian p20, Evening Standard p31, Telegraph p22, Metro p23
A Christian girl in Pakistan accused of burning the Koran is cleared of blasphemy.


Telegraph p29
Anne Sutherland Fraser on the "Royal prerogative".

Independent p22
MR Battersby on "Bishops don't mix with banks".