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Bishop backtracks

‘Gilbert and Sullivan, P.G. Wodehouse and Alan Ayckbourn in concert couldn’t have written a better farce’, was how one incumbent expressed his concern over the recent Pastoral Guidance on trans issues from the Church of England’s House of Bishops.

Susie Leafe, Fowey Parish Church

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Bishop Julian Henderson

The saga began in 2017, when General Synod asked the bishops, ‘to consider whether some nationally commended liturgical materials might be prepared to mark a person’s gender transition’. Simultaneously, Synod rejected the suggestion of considering ‘the substantial theological and pastoral issues raised’.