Sabotage at the centre of the Crown Nominations Commission

Yesterday I speculated about how the story about Jeffrey John taking legal action arrived in the public domain and what the motive might have been for releasing confidential information. Someone deliberately revealed private information to the press and it wasn’t Jeffrey John. Is it likely to be the same person who was responsible for leaking […]

A more accurate version of the Jeffrey John story?

On Thinking Anglicans, Martin Reynolds has posted an alternative scenario for the Jeffrey John story which the Mail on Sunday and Sunday Times reported. Martin speculates about when it happened, how the story arrived in the public domain and who might have released news about the exchange of correspondence. Martin thinks it wasn’t made public […]

Dr Jeffrey John reported to be considering legal action against the church

The Very Revd Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans

The Sunday Times and Mail on Sunday report today that the Very Rev Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans, has instructed Alison Downie, partner and head of employment at London lawyers Goodman Derrick, to write to the Commission to suggest it risks breaching gay equality laws if it is blocking the dean over his homosexuality […]

The problem with (gay) bishops and the CNC

Colin Slee.jpg×378.jpg 605w, 620w” sizes=”(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px” />I want to revisit Colin Slee’s posthumously published memorandum about the Southwark CNC process in the light of the subsequently published paper Choosing Bishops – The Equality Act 2010 issued by the Legal Office at Church House and the conversations I had at General Synod in York. […]

The root of the poison in our Church and Communion

The root of the problem affecting the Church of England in its conflicted views about homosexuality is the entrenched homophobia and prejudice held by a minority against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in our Church and Communion. The prejudice is poisoning our Church and infecting it at every level. It poisoned the Crown Nomination […]

Timidity in Devizes follows dynamite in the House of Bishops

Yesterday evening I attended an open meeting of Devizes Deanery Synod where the ordination of women to the episcopate was being debated. The meeting began with speakers (both men) for and against following which it was open to the floor. I rose to speak after seven contributions had been made by men, mostly against the […]

Collusion, dishonesty, ignorance and stupidity are the marks of the House of Bishops

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York

In today’s Guardian, Andrew Brown reports that this week’s House of Bishop’s meeting in York concluded without agreement on whether gay clergy should ever be allowed to be chosen for promotion to bishoprics. Well, this is just the most stupid, dishonest, corrupt outcome imaginable. Did not one of the gay bishops have the courage to […]

MCU to publish ‘The Windsor Report – A liberal response’ which harshly criticises the Archbishop of Canterbury

The Modern Churchpeople’s Union (MCU) is to publish ‘The Windsor Report – A liberal response‘, in February, before the General Synod debates the report. It has been edited by Jonathan Clatworthy, General Secretary of the Modern Churchpeople’s Union and David Bruce Taylor, a graduate in theology from Oxford University who worked for many years in […]

Rowan Williams warns Primates about intemperate gay language

In an Advent letter to the 37 other Anglican primates around the world sent on Friday, the Rt Revd Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, calls for repentance from those who by their use of hostile language towards homosexuals, have contributed to anger and vitriol which can lead to suicide and even murder. He has […]