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Church of England's decision to allow gay bishops

The Bishop of Carlisle has today spoken about a decision which would allow gay men in civil partnerships to become bishops.

 

The Bishop of Carlisle has today spoken about a decision which would allow gay men in civil partnerships to become bishops.

The Rt Revd James Newcome is a member of the House of Bishops, the body which has announced this decision.

Bishop James said: “The situation now is no different to the situation in 2005 which referred to clergy. What we’re saying for Bishops is exactly what we said for clergy.

“It would seem wrong to set a different bar for Bishops than clergy.”

In 2005, the Church of England ruled that someone in a same-sex civil partnership could be ordained if celibacy were maintained.

In December 2012 a decision was passed by the House of Bishops which will allow gay clergy to become bishops if they remain celibate.

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