Gay priest considers suing Church of England for discrimination

The Church of England’s most senior openly gay cleric is understood to be considering suing his employers for discrimination unless he is made a bishop.
Dr Jeffrey John
Dr Jeffrey John, the dean of St Albans, was forced to stand down by the archbishop of Canterbury after being appointed suffragan bishop of Reading in 2003 following objections from conservative evangelicals.
Two years ago, John – a celibate priest who is in a longstanding civil partnership with another cleric – was prevented from becoming the bishop of Southwark after the archbishops of Canterbury and York stepped in.
Reports on Sunday suggested John had become so exasperated at his treatment that he had hired Alison Downie, an employment lawyer at the law firm Goodman Derrick, to fight his case under equality law.
It is thought his case could hinge on a damning memorandum written by a former dean of Southwark Cathedral, which lays bare the divisions over sexuality at the very top of the church.
In the leaked memo, the late Very Rev Colin Slee described how both the archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, and the archbishop of York,John Sentamu, “behaved very badly” at a meeting to choose the bishop of Southwark in 2010, and “were intent on wrecking both Jeffrey John and [another candidate] Nick Holtam equally”.
The memo goes on to record how the meeting descended into acrimony.
“The archbishop of Canterbury was bad tempered throughout,” it says. “When it came to voting, certainly two – possibly three – members were in tears and [Williams] made no acknowledgement but carried on regardless. At a critical point Archbishop Sentamu and three other members simultaneously went to the lavatory, after which the voting patterns changed.”
According to Church of England legal advice published in June last year, there is no bar to the promotion of gay clergy to a bishopric as long as they are not sexually active and never have been while in the priesthood.
But the document also says a selection committee could veto a gay candidate if “the appointment of the candidate would cause division and disunity within the diocese in question”.

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