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Church of England may turn a blind eye to sex lives of gay clergy

Church of England may turn a blind eye to sex lives of gay clergy

Nicholas Chamberlain has been Bishop of Grantham since November 2015

The Church of England is considering plans to ignore the sex lives of gay clergy.

Current rules state gay members must be celibate or change jobs.

The House of Bishops are considering today proposals to overhaul the system to become something like ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’, so gay people would not be directly asked about their private lives.

Labour MP Ben Bradshaw has criticized the plans as it will encourage men of faith to lie.

He told the Sunday Times: ‘It is progress for them to stop asking the celibacy question but it still leaves the Church of England policy based essentially on dishonesty and encouraging its clergy to lie.’

Bradshaw suggested if the church does not usher in equality then the Government should intervene as it did in 2012 when the Synod refused to allow women to become bishops.

Despite growing calls for the Church of England to bless same-sex marriage, both within and outside the church, Archbishop of Canterbury remains steadfast on banning all members from presiding over a union of two men or two women.

In September last year, Bishop of Grantham Nicholas Chamberlain became the first bishop in Church of England history to reveal he is in a gay relationship.

‘People know I’m gay, but it’s not the first thing I’d say to anyone. Sexuality is part of who I am, but it’s my ministry that I want to focus on,’ he told the Guardian.

Abiding by the guidelines, Chamberlain insists he is in a celibate relationship.

‘It is faithful, loving, we are like-minded, we enjoy each other’s company and we share each other’s life,’ he said.