The General Synod affirmed at 10 past 10 on Monday that its majority wished women to be admitted to the episcopate.
It affirmed its view that special arrangements should be available, but in the course of the debate it rejected all amendments that would have provided structural safeguards (special dioceses, etc.) for opponents.
It did, however, amend the original motion from the House of Bishops to specify that a code of practice should be statutory.
The Bishop of Dover, the Rt Revd Stephen Venner, said that he was “ashamed” that so many had spoken of generosity, but nobody had showed any, since the opponents had made it clear that they could not be accommodated by a code of practice alone.
After the debate the Archbishop of York told the press gallery from his place in the chamber that he did not want to see the headline “that we have kicked out traditionalists, because that’s not true.” He said to traditionalists: “It will be too cold out there without you.”