Monday, June 05, 2006

Deal on women bishops could collapse
By Jonathan Petre, Religion Correspondent
(Filed: 05/06/2006)

Compromise proposals aimed at averting an exodus of traditionalists when women are consecrated as bishops could be watered down at a crucial meeting of the House of Bishops this week.

The bishops are examining three options, one of which would significantly dilute proposals published earlier this year to assuage the fears of opponents of the reform, The Daily Telegraph has learnt.

Senior traditionalists are privately warning that if the Church adopts the watered down version, it could be plunged into a "civil war".
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