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06 July 2003

Canon Jeffrey Johns will ask the Crown to allow him to withdraw his acceptance of the post of Bishop of Reading, because of the "damage my consecration might cause to the unity of the Church". In case you haven't been following this story, Canon Johns is openly gay. He has a long-term partner, with whom he has been completely celibate for some years, in obedience to a church doctrine with which he personally disagrees. It seems that most English church leaders supported his appointment, but there was bitter opposition from UK conservative Anglicans and church leaders in other countries, notably some African bishops. An earlier posting here links to an article by Giles Fraser on the subject.

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