"We need to say very clearly, that we understand, and deeply regret, the pain, hurt and anger felt on the part of many women clergy and their supporters; that we value the huge contribution of ordained women to the life of the Church of England; and that we recognise the gifts which God has given in and through their ministries."
Thus writes the Bishop of Ebbsfleet who will not ordain women. But the Diocese of Sydney, asked merely to note twenty years of the ordination of women could not bring itself to do so, let alone to 'value the huge contribution of ordained women to the life of [the Anglican Church of Australia].'
I thank God for the grace of the Bishop of Ebbsfleet. I remain amazed that the Sydney synod could resolve in the way it did to effectively deny that women are ordained in the life of the wider national church to which the synod belongs.