The Archbishop of Canterbury is preparing to defend himself today from the furious reaction to his comments on sharia law.
Dr Rowan Williams is thought likely to mention the row during his presidential address to the General Synod in London.
He has been embroiled in controversy since last Thursday for claiming the adoption of elements of Islamic legal codes in the UK "seems unavoidable".
At least two Synod members have called for Dr Williams to go and he has faced criticism from leading bishops, secular groups and government figures.
The Synod has powers to hold emergency debates over matters of concern within the Church, but sources have said these are rare and there was no indication the archbishop's position would be discussed.
Criticism of his comments continued to mount over the weekend. His predecessor Lord (George) Carey said he did not share the archbishop's conclusions but defended his right to speak out and said he was horrified by some of the reaction.
Describing Dr Williams as a "a great leader in the Anglican tradition", he added that it was not a matter for resignation.
However, Colonel Edward Armitstead, a Synod member from the diocese of Bath and Wells, said Dr Williams lacked "the gift of leadership that the Church needs at this present time". And Alison Ruoff, a Synod member from London, said the archbishop had been "a disaster" for the Church.
"He vacillates, he is a weak leader and he does not stand up for the Church. I would like to see him resign and go back to academia," she said.
Dr Williams said nothing over the weekend about the row and calls for him to resign.
A statement on his website on Friday said he had made no proposals for sharia, and "certainly did not call for its introduction as some kind of parallel jurisdiction to the civil law".
On Saturday, in his first public appearance since the row erupted, he made no comment as he entered and left Great St Mary's Church, Cambridge.
He was greeted with a mixture of applause, boos and camera flash bulbs as he the left the one-hour long service. There were no signs of any protest against Dr Williams, although one person shouted "resign" and two people booed as he left the church.
Gordon Brown said "sharia law cannot be used as a justification for committing breaches of English law", but added that the Government would look at ways to accommodate the Muslim values where it was consistent with British law and values.
Former Home Secretary David Blunkett has said people must not be excluded from the law because of cultural or faith reasons.
And the Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Rev Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, who has both a Christian and a Muslim family background, said all the codes of sharia "would be in tension with the English legal tradition on questions like monogamy, provisions for divorce, the rights of women, custody of children, laws of inheritance and of evidence".
The Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Rev Tom Butler, said the archbishop had strayed into "a minefield", albeit raising legitimate questions.