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Rowan Williams on the Church of England's vote against women bishops.

Rowan Williams, the outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury, consoles a colleague after the Church of England voted against women bishops. Photograph: Getty Images.

I hoped and prayed that this particular business would be at another stage before I left, and of course it is a personal sadness, a deep personal sadness, that that is not the case.

Rowan Williams laments the Church of England's decision to vote against allowing women bishops.