As a non-partisan bystander and as a female, I am sorry to see the Church of England going to hell in a handcart over the creation of female Bishops. The Protestants in Scotland do not seem to have this same problem with their women representing them. They do, and at a very high level.
Women form a major part of society and this will be reflected even in the membership of the Church of England. If I were a member of this exquisitely strange organisation, I would seriously be thinking about the strong misogynistic projection from a vocal core, who obviously do not represent all the people who form their dwindling congregations, or our society.
If the noisy ecclesiastical individuals feel they would get a better deal from Rome, (is this pick and mix religion?) then they should clearly follow their narrow beliefs and depart for pastoral pastures new. The papacy is not averse to manipulating its celibacy rules to suit – more pick and mix – but not for their born and bred flock.
There are other ‘traditionalist’ [intolerant] breakaway Christian groups around the world that additionally, openly espouse homophobia,the question has to be raised, why are these people not aligning themselves openly with them? They are equally as high profile for media attention. Their Roman Catholic machinations appear cynical, that is, timed to a pending papal visit.
If, as a woman, I belonged to this particular fractious, religious society, I would feel let down, unrepresented, demeaned and unwanted as a fellow believer.