The Bishop of Durham Tom Wright seemed to be nervous, and contemplating a split on other matters (according to The Guardian):
The Church of England knows it has to cross the rubicon on this matter, even at this time, and has done so. Synod agreed with Tom Butler to press on not Tom Wright to kick it into the grass. But what odd wording!
The Bishop of Durham said such a vital and sensitive debate should not have taken place a week before Lambeth, the once-a-decade gathering of the world's Anglican bishops. He called for unity amid the mood of unhappiness and disunity.
The Right Rev Tom Wright said: "There might be some things that we might eventually have to split over. This should not be one of them."
That this Synod:
(a) affirm that the wish of its majority is for women to be admitted to the episcopate;
(b) affirm its view that special arrangements be available, within the existing structures of the Church of England, for those who as a matter of theological conviction will not be able to receive the ministry of women as bishops or priests;
(c) affirm that these should be contained in a statutory national code of practice to which all concerned would be required to have regard; and
(d) instruct the legislative drafting group, in consultation with the House of Bishops, to complete its work accordingly, including preparing the first draft of a code of practice, so that the Business Committee can include first consideration of the draft legislation in the agenda for the February 2009 group of sessions.
It'll be a while before the traditionalists will have to decide to go (or not) - some may start considering the future now. The Pope may take an early view too, oh how he could do what Tom Wright fears, plus it gives GAFCON a second recruiting motivator, even if GAFCON is divided on the issue.