Gay cleric Jeffrey John was denied a promotion within the Anglican church for being gay, he claims.
John wrote a letter to the bishops of Swansea and Brecon in Wales, calling out the ‘anti-gay discrimination’.
John is currently the Dean of St Albans Cathedral in Wales and applied to become a bishop.
The letter states: ‘The only arguments adduced against my appointment – were directly related to my homosexuality and/or civil partnership – namely that my appointment would bring unwelcome and unsettling publicity to the diocese, and that it might create difficulties for the future Archbishop in relation to the Anglican Communion.’
John claims the bishops were ‘too exhausted’ to deal with the problems that might arise from his appointment.
He said: ‘The injustice of the arguments about publicity and the Anglican Communion was pointed out to you several times.
‘This is precisely the way that anti-gay discrimination always works,’ he said.
Jeffrey John goes on to explain that he is in a committed celibate relationship with another member of the Church.
But says this is entirely ‘compatible’ with Church regulations.
John claims the move to reject his proposal is ‘foolish’ and details the amount of people who wrote to support him.
He writes: ‘Llandaff electors were unanimous in my support, and they have remained so since then.
‘Nevertheless, at your meeting last week you decided, arbitrarily, to ignore the submissions that you had asked for, and to declare that those who were discussed at the Electoral College were now, in fact, no longer to be considered.
‘This is a clear and ludicrous breach of process, and a further insult to the people of the diocese, and very many others who took the trouble to contribute their view.
‘I trust there will now be an open and honest examination of this process in the light of day, and that you will not attempt to appoint a bishop for Llandaff until it is complete,’ he said.
John had strong support in his local community for his application and won more than half the votes in the initial hearing, but he needed to secure two thirds of the vote.
Author: James Besanvalle