Like, thankfully, most members of the C of E, I am very disappointed by the failure of the General Synod to authorise women to become bishops. However, I feel that some of the comment on it, both by participants in the debate and external reporters (suicide, disaster) are well over the top.
The Anglican Church is the third largest Christian denomination. The largest, the Roman Catholics, have not yet even given the slightest official consideration to women becoming priests, never mind bishops.The only sign of a movement in that direction is a fringe group, (called I believe MOW -Movement for the Ordination of Women,) which has, I believe, little support, and certainly no official encouragement.
The second largest denomination are the Orthodox. I am no expert but Orthodoxy today.org states firmly:
It is not difficult, indeed, simply to state that the Orthodox Church is
against women's priesthood and to enumerate as fully as possible the
dogmatical, canonical, and spiritual reasons for that opposition.
What's more, when I visited one of their principal places of pilgrimage, the Holy Mountain, Mount Athos, I discovered that not only were there no women priests, women were not even allowed on the peninsula at all. Indeed they even discourage female animals, and don't have fresh milk because that would involve having cows (females)on the sacred territory.
I'm not entirely sure, and haven't at the moment time to look it up, but I suspect there are not many lady Imams in the Muslim faith.
So by comparison, having come within a hairsbreadth of authorising the consecration of women to the episcopate the C of E isn't doing too badly. I suspect that within a decade we shall have caught up with most of our non-conformist brothers and sisters. Let those commentators and politicians who've jumped on the bandwagon to upbraid us, do a bit of cheering instead.