Responding to the debate, Dr Giddings said that he had “no choice” about when he spoke in the women-bishops debate. His words had not been intended to undermine or personally criticise Bishop Welby, but, in any case, he had offered “an apology for any offence my words may have caused him”.
Bishop Welby’s reply was quoted to the Synod, with permission: “It never crossed my mind that you were in the slightest being offensive, discourteous, impolite, [or disrespectful]. . . I did think you were wrong! You thought I was, but we really need to be able to disagree, as I am sure you do agree.”