Canterbury bishop refuses to say if she cleared married gay candidate for ordination training

Oct 10, 2019 by

by Jules Gomes, Rebel Priest:

The incoming bishop in the Diocese of Canterbury is refusing to disclose if she authorised a same-sex married candidate to be accepted for ordination training and in doing so violated the Church of England’s rules, even before her consecration as bishop.

On the day Bishop-designate Rose Hudson-Wilkin was named as the Bishop of Dover, candidate Yin-An Ian Chen announced on Facebook that as the “acting bishop” of Canterbury, Mrs Hudson-Wilkin “will be the new bishop who’ll officially sign and send me for ordination training.”

“Super excited!! We have to make the diocese different!! Make it more diverse and progressive!” Mr Chen added.

[…]  The Bishop of Dover is virtually the diocesan bishop of Canterbury in all but name since the Archbishop of Canterbury resides in Lambeth and oversees the worldwide Anglican Communion.

Friends on Chen’s Facebook page noted that Chen passed his Bishops’ Advisory Panel (BAP) a couple of months ago and officially announced on 11 June that he would go to Westcott House, Cambridge, to train for ordination to the priesthood.

BAP recommends to a bishop whether a candidate should enter training for ordained ministry in the Church of England.

In another post Chen announced that he had married his partner. “Thanks! Yes, I’m married now. I don’t need to get an engagement visa for that because I’m a British resident,” he reported.

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See also: an example of some Anglicans are responding to revisionism in the Church of England: An anchor for the soul: AMiE parish launched in Cornwall, from Anglican Ink

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