Controversy in Cornwall town as vicar starts new church accused of extremism and homophobia

Sep 28, 2019 by

By Lee Trewhela, Cornwall Live:
There are concerns in a Cornish town that a new church, which meets for the first time next week, is “extremist” and “homophobic”.

The Vicar of Fowey has resigned in order to start a new Anglican church in the town, under the auspices of an organisation which has been dubbed right wing.

The Rev Philip de Grey-Warter has resigned as Vicar of Fowey and Priest-in-Charge of Golant after 17 years to “plant” a new church community, Anchor, under the auspices of GAFCON, a controversial global movement of conservative Anglican clergy.

Mr de Grey-Warter decided to leave the Church of England when the House of Bishops allowed the baptism liturgy to be used for those who are transitioning gender.

However, he denies his motives are a move against the transgender community.

“I haven’t got an issue with the transgender community but I have got an issue with the changes to the baptism liturgy,” he told Cornwall Live. “I would have just as much of an issue if baptism was being used to mark someone’s GCSEs as I would it being used to mark their gender.

“They are taking something Jesus gave us and using it for something else.”

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