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Ordinariate priest in civil partnership suspended

27 March 2014 | by Abigail Frymann Rouch | Comments: 0

An ordinariate priest has admitted that he entered a civil partnership six years ago when he was a Church of England priest.Fr Donald Minchew, of St Mary’s Catholic Church, Croydon, south London, has been suspended from ministry after it emerged he had entered into a civil partnership with a 32-year-old man. Fr Minchew says he did so purely to help Mustajab Hussain, a Pakistani national, to remain in Britain and maintains there was no sexual relationship. The civil partnership took place in Cheltenham and a spokeswoman for Gloucestershire Police said they would be investigating the matter.The Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham was set up for members of the Church of England who want to become Catholics while retaining some of their Anglican traditions. Anglican clergy who become ....... ....... ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........

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