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The Church of England's summer Synod in the pastoral setting of York has got off to a less than idyllic start with procedural wrangling over votes about women bishops and a mighty media row concerning the episcopal appointment in Southwark.
The Church of England is reported to be about to propose a change in its rules that will allow priests who are divorced to become bishops. Journalists looking for negative reactions to this news have not found them hard to find.
Yes, it was indeed an April Fool. We’ve been meaning to do one for years, and we thought this should be the time. Thanks to everyone who was such good sports for linking to it, and sending us messages, in particular: