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Church of England bans gay clergyman from taking sermons after marriage

Church of England bans gay clergyman from taking sermons after marriage

Reverend Canon Jeremy Davies and his husband Simon McEnery.

The Church of England has banned a senior clergyman from delivering sermons after he married his boyfriend of 30 years.

Reverend Canon Jeremy Davies served as canon precentor at Salisbury Cathedral for 25 years and is officially retired. But earlier this year, he applied to officiate in the Diocese of Winchester after he was asked to conduct an increasing number of services at Winchester Cathedral.

However, the Bishop of Winchester, the Right Reverend Timothy Dakin, told Davies he could not grant his request as he had married opera singer Simon McEnery in 2014.

So, Jeremy has been banned from taking services in the Winchester Diocese by the Bishop of Winchester, because he's…

Posted by Simon McEnery on Friday, 11 December 2015

‘Due to the Church of England’s position on same sex marriage, as set out in the House of Bishops’ pastoral guidance, Canon Jeremy Davies has been informed that his application has been unsuccessful,’ said a spokesperson for the Diocese of Winchester.

The Church of England’s pastoral guidance states that those in a gay marriage cannot to be ordained to any of the three orders of ministry.

‘It would not be appropriate conduct for someone in holy orders to enter into a same-sex marriage, given the need for clergy to model the church’s teaching in their lives,’ it adds.