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Chichester voting

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25 January 2012

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From Mr Richard Ashby

Sir, — You publish the unequivocal statement (News, 20 January) that two of the 44 dioceses had voted against the principle of women bishops. This statement is taken to include the diocese of Chichester.

May I refer you to the diocesan website, www.diochi.org.uk, where it is clearly stated that the diocese voted in favour of women bishops on 8 October 2011 but voted against the legislation currently proposed.

I point this out because the myth of this diocese as a no-go area for women priests is just that, in spite of the noisy protests of those who would have it to be true. It is im­port­ant that this myth is exposed

for what it is, since it colours our Church’s views of this diocese, and is particularly misleading in a period when a new Bishop is being chosen.

RICHARD ASHBY
11 Jubilee Mews, Prinsted
Emsworth PO10 8EA

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