Firstly, I must mention that I'm a devout atheist. But I have studied religion enough to have made that educated decision to not believe a blind word of it.
The scriptures that were written a couple of thousand years ago were written by men in a time that men were the rulers of everything and women were considered the servants of men, they would receive absolutely no consideration in any decision making process and their opinions would not be sought.
And the C of E seems to be basing their decisions on the same principles of 2 millenia ago, thus women are not good enough or suitable to become bishops, they will stay in the lower ranks, we need them to clean the church and arrange the flowers!
I personally believe that this decision to keep women oppressed in the C of E is going to be a huge own goal, another nail in the congregational coffin. Many women will quite rightly feel deeply insulted by this, especially in modern times where political legislation has been implemented to demand that men & women are treated as equals - which we are.
I feel that the church is completely out of touch with their congregation and public opinion, this mal-decision shows that you can not organise a 'modern' church based on the sexist, primitive beliefs of narrow minded men that lived over 2 thousand years ago.
Saying this, although I have no respect for any religion, I do respect your right to believe in your religion. But what are your thoughts on this decision?