Liverpool rector quits Church of England over ‘race, gender and sexuality discrimination’ | UK | News

The rector of Liverpool has quit the Church of England saying it “perpetuates bias against sections of society”.

Canon Dr Crispin Pailing held the role for a decade. But has left citing “race, gender and sexuality discrimination”.

He has been a vocal advocate of equal marriage, calling for same-sex couples to be treated the same as heterosexual couples, reports The Telegraph.

The Church however still refuses to allow LGBTQ+ couples to celebrate with a traditional church wedding.

Dr Pailing, who was awarded an MBE for his services to the community, says he will now be taking up a nationally significant role in the charity sector.

In a statement, he said: “I cannot, in good conscience, continue to have a representative role in an organisation which perpetuates bias and discrimination against sections of society on the grounds of sexuality, race, and gender.

“In the last few years I have seen the institutional validation of homophobic and misogynistic views in the Church, and I cannot endorse this.

“The obvious and lamentable failure of safeguarding across the church is itself an abuse, and a further assault on the image of God.

“In contrast to the institutional actions which show such disregard for so many human beings, it seems to me that the majority of individuals and communities across the Church of England speak with the voice of inclusion.”

A spokesman for the Diocese of Liverpool said it was “saddened” to see Dr Pailing leave his role, calling it the “loss of a fine priest”.

They added: “We take safeguarding extremely seriously and have full confidence in our diocesan safeguarding team, which carries out difficult and demanding work with professional excellence and pastoral sensitivity.”

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