Gay clergyman accuses the Anglican Church in Wales of homophobia

 

The Very Reverend Jeffrey John, the Dean of Saint Albans, has accused the Anglican Church in Wales of homophobia.

Dr John, who is gay, and in a civil partnership, was turned down for the role of the Bishop of Llandaff earlier this month, despite winning a majority of the votes cast, but not the required two-thirds, according to church rules,.

Dr John said that he had been told that his appointment would be “too much of a headache”.

He said: “Much more importantly, the only arguments adduced against my appointment – in particular by two of the bishops – were directly related to my homosexuality and/or civil partnership – namely that my appointment would bring unwelcome and unsettling publicity to the diocese.”

This is not the first time that Dr John has attracted controversy. In 2003 he was nominated Bishop of Reading, but was asked to step down by the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.

The Church in Wales has denied the accusations of homophobia