Your marital status is not relevant to us now, Church tells clergy


February 20th, 2011 Posted in Church of England, Marriage |

by Jonathan Petre, Mailonline

The Church of England has infuriated traditionalists by dropping the requirement for clergy to disclose their marital status when they apply for new posts

Church officials say the changes have been introduced to mirror new secular employment and equality laws aimed at eliminating discrimination.

But traditionalists say they further undermine the Christian view of marriage by hindering parishes from finding out whether candidates for jobs are divorced or in a gay ‘marriage’.

One senior cleric said: ‘This opens the floodgates to divorce and remarriage being accepted as normal in the Church because they are no longer seen as a significant factor in appointments.

‘It would also mean parishes being unaware until they have made their decisions that a clergyman’s personal life may be out of step with its position on issues such as civil partnerships. This is a slippery slope. It is another sign the Church is abandoning its traditional values.’

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