Friday, August 14, 2015

Reader to lose Permission to Officiate over marriage plans

From The Church Times- (If you don't know what a "Reader" is click the 2nd link below)

JEREMY TIMM, a Reader, has described the “tears and soul-searching” that he endured before deciding to convert his civil partnership to marriage, knowing that this would result in the loss of his permission to officiate (PTO).

Mr Timm, a Reader in the Howden Team Ministry in Hull, was told by the Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu, last month, that his PTO would be revoked if he pursued his intention to convert his partnership with Mike Brown.

Writing on the website of Changing Attitude, Mr Timm described being “placed in an impossible situation by the Church of England . . . faced with choosing between marriage or ministry”.

He entered a civil partnership with Mr Brown in 2009. After the publication of the Pilling report, the then Bishop of Hull, the Rt Revd Richard Frith, agreed that he could seek licensing as a Reader. He was granted a PTO by Dr Sentamu.

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