C of E approves chaste gay bishops7 January 2013
Gay clergy in civil partnerships can become bishops so long as they are chaste, the Church of England's House of Bishops announced on Friday.
Confirming Friday's decision, the Bishop of Norwich, Graham James, said: "The House believed it would be unjust to exclude from consideration for the episcopate anyone seeking to live fully in conformity with the Church's teaching on sexual ethics or other areas of personal life and discipline."
But Canon Chris Sugden of the conservative group Anglican Mainstream said such a major change should have been agreed by "bishops in Synod, not by bishops alone".
The issue has been under scrutiny since 2003, when the openly gay Dean of St Albans, Jeffrey John, withdrew his acceptance of the post of Bishop of Reading amid controversy over his sexuality.
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