If a company refused to promote someone on the grounds of gender  it would justifiably be prosecuted for sexual discrimination.

The vote by the General Synod of the Church of England to deny women priests the opportunity to become bishops sets them above the law as well as showing how out of touch they are with modern society.

Maybe they are counting on the fact that no-one will dare challenge this decision for fear of stirring the wrath of God; presumably, few lawyers would run the risk of dissing the deity’s earthly representative if there was a possibility of being punished with eternal damnation.

Opponents referred to St Paul’s scripture that states  “I do not permit a woman to teach or have authority over man”. (It’s a pity Tory politicians didn’t follow this dictate when Margaret Thatcher was running for leader!).

Even the outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams admitted that the decision means that the church has lost what little remains of its credibility.

Personally, I think this is good news as it confirms that the Church is an irrelevant anachronism and furthers the cause of a state run under the principles of secular Humanism.