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Chaplain slams church synod.

THE Church of England still treats women as "a problem to be solved", claims a Durham University expert.

The Reverend Dr Miranda Threlfall-Holmes, Chaplain and Solway Fellow at University College, spoke of her "shame" as the General Synod was preparing to consider how to introduce women bishops to the church.

The decision to ordain women bishops was taken in principle last year, but Synod was due to meet to discuss plans for male "complementary" bishops where parishes are unwilling to accept women.

Reverend Dr Threlfall-Holmes, General Synod member for Durham and Newcastle Universities, said: "It is shameful that the Church of England still treats women as a problem to be solved.

"The draft legislation coming before Synod was always going to be a compromise between gender equality and the desire in the church to 'protect' those who disagree with the ordination of women.

"So in that sense what we have before us is about what was to be expected.

"But we will need to be very careful not to be misled into setting up a separate 'church within a church' in a misguided attempt to secure unity."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 11, 2009
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