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14:36 | 24th July 2017

News: UK

Tue 15 May, 2012
By Robert Ingham


“I presume that the first bit [relates to] his relationship to that point which he says everybody knew about – I don’t think that’s true.”

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Dean Tom Gordon – whose civil partnership last summer led to the current Church of Ireland debate about homosexuality – should state whether he is in a sexual relationship, Bishop Harold Miller has said.


In his first public comments about Dean Gordon’s position, Bishop Miller said that he saw some merit in the Church of England’s regulation which makes clergy in civil partnerships give their bishop an assurance that they are celibate.

Bishop Miller also said he did not believe that Saturday’s motion reaffirming the church’s teaching on marriage would make any difference to the possibility of both Dean Gordon and his bishop, Michael Burrows, being brought before an ecclesiastical court over the affair.

“There are several aspects of the situation with Tom Gordon,” he said.

“I can only work from the explanation that he himself gave on Sunday Sequence and what he said was that he explained his situation to his bishop and explained what was going to happen, I think those are the kind of words which he used.

“I presume that the first bit [relates to] his relationship to that point which he says everybody knew about – I don’t think that’s true.”

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