Gay clergymen in civil partnerships can become bishops as long as they vow to remain celibate, the Church of England has decided, says the New York Times.
The issue has been “simmering here for years, most publicly in 2003, when the Rev. Jeffrey John, a Church of England priest who was in a long-term relationship with another male priest, was appointed bishop of Reading,” says the story, adding.
“Though the pair said they were celibate, the appointment provoked fury here and abroad, and Mr. John was pressed to step down.”
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