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Church of England ends ban on gay bishops

Posted in: International News
By Daily News staff - 5th January 2013

The Church of England has issued a statement confirming that gay priests can be appointed bishops, even if they are in civil partnerships, as long as they are celibate.

“The House has confirmed that clergy in civil partnerships, and living in accordance with the teaching of the Church on human sexuality, can be considered as candidates for the episcopate. There had been a moratorium on such candidates for the past year and a half while the working party completed its task,” the statement from Bishop of Norwich Rt Revd Graham James states.

“The House believed it would be unjust to exclude from consideration for the episcopate anyone seeking to live fully in conformity with the Church’s teaching on sexual ethics or other areas of personal life and discipline.

“All candidates for the episcopate undergo a searching examination of personal and family circumstances, given the level of public scrutiny associated with being a bishop in the Church of England. But these, along with the candidate's suitability for any particular role for which he is being considered, are for those responsible for the selection process to consider in each case.”

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