THE controversial vote on allowing women bishops has left the church "battered, bruised and confused" according to the Bishop of Truro, pictured right. The Right Reverend Tim Thornton voted in favour of women bishops and said the decision to block their introduction felt "disastrous". The proposal, which needed a two-thirds majority in each of the General Synod's three houses, was passed comfortably in the houses of Bishops and Clergy but scuppered in the Laity by just six votes. Bishop Tim said the church would have to work hard to repair the damage: "We do need to do something to rebuild our credibility because that has clearly taken a knock." He had received many e-mails from people who could not understand the decision. "That's not to say we should go along with the tide of society, but I can't deny that this has placed us in a weaker position if we are trying to spread the good news of Jesus Christ." On the issue of gay marriage, which has also been raised this week, Bishop Tim said he opposed it.