Updated Thursday evening
First, apologies for the break in service yesterday and today.
Now, further reports on the Bangor election.
Stephen Bates weighed in at Comment is free with a very detailed background report on earlier events, titled Diocesan machinations.
However, more recent reports show official spokespersons are suggesting that earlier reports may have been overstating the case:
Christian Today Jennifer Gold Church plays down speculation of gay cleric as next Bishop of Bangor
Wales Today Darren Devine Gay cleric’s bid to be bishop in Wales
…a spokeswoman for the Church in Wales yesterday refused to comment on whether Dr John was in the running, saying nominations are not made until an electoral college of the church convenes to make the appointment. And she suggested the appointment was unlikely as the Church in Wales is subject to a moratorium – agreed at a recent conference in Lambeth – on the appointment of gay bishops that covers Anglican churches worldwide…
The spokeswoman for the Church in Wales said the bench of bishops here wanted to uphold the Lambeth moratorium and the electoral college would be mindful of their advice.
But the six bishops on the bench do not make up a majority on the college and other members are not bound by their views.
“The bishops of the Church in Wales are mindful that the recent Lambeth conference called for a moratorium on the ordination of bishops in single-sex partnerships and they take that conference very seriously,” said the spokesperson. But she acknowledged that as a popular cleric fluent in Welsh, Dr John was “absolutely” qualified for the post.
St Albans Observer Alexandra Barham Will dean become a bishop?
CLAIMS that St Albans Dean Jeffrey John could be on the verge of moving to Wales to take on the role of Bishop of Bangor have been condemned as speculation.
Reports in national newspapers that the clergyman, who celebrated a civil partnership ceremony with another priest two years ago, has been nominated for the Bangor post in North Wales were denied by St Albans Abbey
spokeswomanspokesman Arun Kataria…
Daily Post Eryl Crump Gay clergyman may be in line as Bishop of Bangor
Dave Walker has some useful links to Church Times reports of earlier events in Jeffrey John and the Bangor post.
Ruth Gledhill republished her interview with Jeffrey John, first published in Thursday 19 June 2003, see Is Wales ready for a gay bishop?
Damian Thompson at the Telegraph had If Dean Jeffrey John becomes a bishop, the floodgates will open.
Thursday evening update
Ruth Gledhill reports in The Times that there is a Resignation threat over gay bishop appointment.
This was first reported in the Western Mail this morning.
The Herts Advertiser also had a report Dean Of St Albans Tipped As New Bishop Of Bangor.