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 […]

“God’s grace seen in gay marriage” say bishops in letter to The Times

The letter is behind the Times paywall, but we have been given permission to republish it here. To: The Editor The Times Sir, A number of recent statements by church leaders past and present may have given the mistaken impression that the Church is universally opposed to the extension of civil marriage to same-sex couples. […]

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 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 […]

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 […]