"What has happened is a complete disjunction between the values of the church and the values of the population," says Woodhead. "The church has clericalised until it's just clergy and lay ministers talking to each other. The public are not an audience for this debate. And you can't have a minority gospel for a majority religion."
Nowhere is this clearer than in the absurd and humiliating tangle that the Church of England has got itself into about women priests. On Monday the church's bishops begin a two-day meeting that is meant to result in legislation that will lead to the appointment of women bishops in three years' time – assuming agreement is reached. And that really is the quickest that anything can happen.While critics have argued that accepting women or LGBT people is "swaying with the popular culture", I think it's more a case of evolution. I think we can see, especially in the wake of GC 2012, that the Episcopal Church is working to adapt. And in biology, the rule is to adapt or die.
The Church of England, on the other hand, seems to hope that if it keeps doing the same thing, something will change.
I believe that is called the definition of insanity.