All sorts of reactions pouring out about the CofE GS failure to approve the particular measure on women bishops placed before them. Have read quite a few on Twitter. I realise that disappointment and pain skews perception and good sense, but I am singularly unimpressed with reactions which blame the few people by which the measure failed to pass, or the general process of GS decision-making. That is very poor indeed. The simple fact is that synods pass measures agreeable to them and do not pass measures disagreeable to them. The proposers of the measure bear responsibility for crafting a proposal which did not carry the day. They should not be blamed for the debacle since on this particular matter it might be argued that no measure was going to carry the day. But it is worth asking if more care had gone into thinking about what could be approved instead of what should be approved then the measure could have passed.
I say this as one who used to lose proposals put to synod until I started to think about what synod might agree to.
When synod started agreeing with what they were agreeable to then someone said I manipulated synod ... oh, well!