This link provides the statement this morning by the Archbishop of Canterbury concerning the resignation of Bps Burnham and Newton.
Today is, by virtue of this, a sad day. It is not a sad day because I agree with them or their position because I do not. It is not a sad day because I think that they have done the right thing because I don't think that they have. The Church of England is a family. Like any family, it has disagreements and fractures, it has good times and it has bad. However, for my part, I am sad that anyone would leave that family because of one such fracture. As a father and a member of a family of my own, not a single thing will ever stop me being part of it, or as parent to my children, and I have prayed that these gentlemen may have felt the same in time about their church-family.
There will be much mirth, I suspect. There will be much parodying, finger-pointing and silliness I imagine. For my part, I want simply to reflect that this is a sad and dark day for the Church of England, whatever our views, whenever people feel that we are not a family worth staying in.