The Church in Wales has been urged to reconsider its decision – to exclude an openly immoral homosexual pastor from its appointments process for the next bishop of Llandaff amid accusations of homophobia. Those who have made the request have little if any understanding of the Bible and its requirements for pastors and leaders.
“the fact that it appears Jeffrey’s homosexuality and civil partnership have been used against him in the selection process is wholly wrong, and it is only right that the bishops in Wales review the process before making an appointment”.
Jeremy Pemberton, on behalf OneBodyOneFaith, said the church’s behaviour had been “unjust and discriminatory”, and bishops must abide by their own guidelines regarding candidates who are gay and in civil partnerships.
Jayne Ozanne, a prominent campaigner for LGBT equality within the Anglican church, said: “Jeffrey is already a bishop in many of our eyes – he has been the ‘chief pastor’ to those of us who have felt discriminated against and vilified for the sake of our sexuality. His treatment at the hands of the church – both in England and Wales – has been despicable, and is one of the clearest examples yet of the high levels of institutional homophobia. I salute his courage and dignity in bringing matters into the open.”
In 2003, John was appointed as bishop of Reading but the then archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, asked him to stand aside after some LEADERS WHO BELIEVE IN THE SCRIPTURES threatened to leave the Church of England if his consecration went ahead.
John has a long-term relationship with Grant Holmes, another C of E clergyman, and the couple entered a civil partnership in 2006.
NOW READ BELOW THE BIBLICAL ERRORS AND DECEPTION
Last year, Welsh bishops issued a statement saying the church should be a place where lesbian and gay people can be “honest and open, respected and affirmed”. They apologised to gay and lesbian people for persecution and mistreatment at the hands of the church.
WERE NONE CALLED TO REPENTANCE OF THEIR SIN?
In 2015, the church’s governing body voted 61 in favour of allowing gay marriages, while 50 voted for no change and nine to allow blessings. Despite a majority in favour of gay marriage, the margin was not high enough to change church law.
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