The Church of England is facing its most momentous challenge for 20 years as it prepares to decide whether women can become bishops.
The public standing of the Church of England is on the line as the General Synod, its deeply divided governing body, votes tomorrow on legislation to allow women to be consecrated bishops. The vote is finely balanced and could go either way.
Campaigners on both sides have been battling online as Westminster Abbey ruled that there would be no repeat of the events of 1992, when campaigners chanted and protested with placards outside the neighbouring Church House when the vote to ordain women priests was passed narrowly.
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