Chichester Diocesan Synod condemns homophobic incitement by General Synod member

Andrea Minichiello Williams, a lay member of General Synod representing the Diocese of Chichester, was reported to have spoken at a conference in Jamaica at the end of 2013 to urge that country not to repeal a law dating back to 1864 which criminalised homosexual acts and penalised men so convicted with hard labour in […]

Sussex member of C OF E General Synod Advocates prison for gays

PRESS RELEASE BY CHANGING ATTITUDE SUSSEX One of the Sussex Diocese of Chichester representatives on the Church of England General Synod, Andrea Minichiello Williams, recently attended a conference in Jamaica to urge the Government to keep the law which criminalises homosexuality.  She spoke in derogatory terms about gay people, and peddled the old vicious lie […]

Overcoming systemic abuse and inequality with healthy, holy, creative Christian patterns and values

Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham, has asked a “systemic question” on Facebook this morning in the context of the news that Peter Ball, former bishop of Lewes and Gloucester, has been arrested on suspicion of child abuse. Bishop Alan wonders what contribution Reactionary Sexist Culture and Inequality expressing itself in a hierarchy that took itself […]

Winchelsea case sends a message to all bishops

The Revd David Page retired as parish priest of St Barnabas Clapham Common and chair of Changing Attitude England in 2008, moving eventually to Winchelsea with Howard, his civil partner. Howard has held a Permission to Officiate (PTO) in the diocese of Chichester for many years, having lived and worked there as a teacher. When David […]

Wallace Benn accused of gross negligence, C of E charged with failure to suspend him

The performance of the Diocese of Chichester and of Lambeth Palace has come under the spotlight again thanks to letters obtained by the BBC under the Freedom of Information Act. The letters are of interest to Changing Attitude for a number of reasons. Bishop Wallace Benn is a key member of Reform, GAFCON and FCA. […]

The Chichester report demonstrates the need for radical change in the whole Church of England

I’ve now read the Chichester report in full. News reports have already highlighted the damning comments made about the diocese: the lives that have been deeply wounded by the abuse suffered at the hands of clergy and of lay people; the wickedness and shamefulness of what has happened to those who were abused; the appalling […]

The Dysfunctional Culture of the Diocese of Chichester and its Paralysed Bishop

Keith Sharpe, convenor of Changing Attitude Sussex, writes about the Chichester report: The Interim Report of the Commissaries of the Archbishop of Canterbury charged with inquiring into the sexual abuse of children by Churchof England Clergyin the Diocese of Chichester was published on Thursday 30th August.  It follows on from earlier reports commissioned by the […]

Time for the truth that sets us free

The Very Revd Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans, has an article in today’s Church Times titled ‘Time to tell the truth about gays’. He says: “It is obvious that a number of bishops are gay, and some are or have been in gay relationships, yet they constantly refer to gay people as if they […]

Permanent, Faithful, Stable republished with new foreword by Jeffrey John – and bishops asked about civil partnerships

Tomorrow evening I’m attending the launch of the revised edition of Permanent, Stable, Faithful in St Alban’s Cathedral. The new edition is subtitled: Christian same-sex marriage. Jeffrey has written a new Preface and Postscript and Mark Oakley, Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral, has written a new Foreword. Jeffrey has abridged the new Preface for an […]

Bishops in Lewes, Diocese of Chichester and Mombasa, Kenya, unwittingly reveal the drama of changing attitudes towards LGBTI people in the Anglican Communion

Eddie Mair interviewed the Revds David Page and Howard Norton for iPM on BBC R4 this evening. They were interviewed about the Clergy Discipline Measure procedure take against David by Bishop Wallace Benn following David’s honesty in applying for a PTO 5 years after Wallace had refused David a PTO because David wouldn’t answer questions […]