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LONDON - A Church of England committee has decided against nominating a gay priest to become a bishop, British news reports said yesterday.
Senior Church of England officials refused to comment on the issue.
Daily Telegraph journalist Jonathan Wynne-Jones reported yesterday that the Very Revered Jeffrey John was rejected as a potential nominee to become bishop of Southwark in south London by conservative members of the committee.
Other newspapers carried similar reports.
John was nominated to become bishop of Reading in 2003, but withdrew in the face of an uproar from conservative elements. He is now the dean of Saint Albans Cathedral.
John, though united in a civil partnership with his long-term partner, has declared he is celibate, conforming to Anglican teaching.
Church officials had not confirmed news reports that John was on a list of candidates considered by a crown nominations commission which met earlier this week in what is supposed to be a strictly confidential process.
"This is painfully disappointing news for Jeffrey, who has lived through a week in which his identity and reputation have been pored over, analysed and attacked once again by conservative forces in the church in a way that I can only describe as poisonous," said the Revered Colin Coward, director of Changing Attitudes.
Coward's group is devoted to promoting the "full inclusion" of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the Church of England and the wider Anglican Communion, where issues of sexuality have caused much acrimony and deep splits. - Sapa-AP