Vicar resigns after being ‘silenced’ over a Church of England school’s plan to keep an eight-year-old pupil’s sex change a secret from parents

May 26, 2019 by

by Sanchez Manning, Mailonline:

A vicar has resigned following a bitter dispute with his bishop over the way a Church of England school handled an eight-year-old pupil’s plan to change gender.

The Reverend John Parker, a governor at the school, supported the boy’s wish to become a girl but said he was silenced when he raised concerns that parents and pupils would be kept in the dark.

He also feared that staff and governors had been misled by the transgender lobby group Mermaids, which had been invited in to advise the school.

After his worries were dismissed by the bishop, Mr Parker quit the church where he had been a vicar for 14 years, and also the school after seven years as governor.

In an emotive resignation letter to his bishop, Mr Parker wrote of his fear that children were being ‘sacrificed on the altar of trans ideology’, even in Church schools.

Mr Parker said last night: ‘I was basically told by my bishop that if I wished to faithfully follow the teachings of the Bible then I was no longer welcome in the Church. It felt very much like I was being silenced by the Church and the school.’

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See also:

C of E’s ideological capitulation makes more clergy resignations inevitable, by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream

An analysis of the Mermaids press statement, from Transgender Trend

Anglican Unscripted with Ashenden, Conger and Kallsen (discussion of the school transgender story from 14.25)

Stop Mermaids delivering training sessions to the police, schools and all public services: Petition from

And other recent items on transgender:

Scouts earn U-turn badge after scrapping trans policy, by Andrew Gilligan, Times

Evangelicals hold talks with Church of England Bishops over transgender guidance, from Christian Today

More information and clarifications following meeting with Bishops, from Ian Paul’s ‘Response to the House of Bishops’ group

The tragedy of gender insanity, by Rod Dreher, The American Conservative

Cardinal Willem Eijk: Gender Theory threatens family and faith, by Jules Gomes, Rebel Priest

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