Comments: CofE advertises for a new Communications Director

It would be illegal in such a situation for questions to be asked in interview about sexuality issues, gender, marriage, divorce, family or intention to have family. If any such questions were to be asked the applicant should refuse to answer and make an immediate complaint. The Church of England , as you say, has certain exemptions from the Equal Opportunities Legislation but it is not above the law.

Posted by Jean Mary Mayland at Thursday, 30 June 2011 at 12:17pm BST

With all this leaking going on, it would probably be unwise to hire another former employee of British Gas PLC.

Posted by A J Barford at Thursday, 30 June 2011 at 12:18pm BST

Will the applicants be quizzed on their sexual histories?

Posted by JPM at Thursday, 30 June 2011 at 3:08pm BST

No mention there of the ability to square the circle, or did I miss it?

Posted by Lapinbizarre at Thursday, 30 June 2011 at 4:06pm BST

I don't find the statement from Church House at all clear.

In the general descent of CofE policy on the issue to a level where it would seem to have been written on the back of a fag packet by a committee of Reform, we may have come to the point in its development where being gay and Christian is an impossibility. That was former leader of Reform George Curry's stance in a radio debate with me last week.

I don't know, although Simon is the expert, why would Fittall have made this stand in Parliament?
Might we not take him at his word?

Let's not forget that the Roman Catholic Church soon dumped their chief spokesperson after he introduced his boyfriend in the office.

Posted by Martin Reynolds at Friday, 1 July 2011 at 7:44am BST

I find this odd, though for other reasons. Why not specify that the person must be an Anglican? The spokeperson is speaking for Anglicans, not for all Christians. If in fact there is an argument for limiting the post, I'd have thought the argument would be stronger had it turned on the need to commend the particularity of Anglicanism. On the surface, a successful applicant could be from a break-away group, so long as one were a practising Christian. One can share our values, but if one chooses not to be an Anglican, I presume that that means that he or she doesn't share all our beliefs (admittedly that is to invite all kinds of questions about which beliefs). As an ethicist, I have loads of time for values, but I also have quite a bit of time for principles -- and for the beliefs that ground both.

I think the same issue obtains in C of E schools, where in many places our schools are not Anglican, but some flavour of Christian, interpreted often by people who have not been given much guidance as to why being Anglican is a particularly good way of being a Christian.

The use of the word 'ethos' seems to be the common denominator.

I love our church (well, some of the time), but I sometimes wonder whether we believe in the value of what we believe.

Posted by Joe at Friday, 1 July 2011 at 8:19am BST

"Staff are appointed to senior positions in the national institutions of the Church of England by fair and competitive processes. They have to be able to show that they can serve it in all its diversity and operate its equal opportunities policies. Suggestions that appointments are made in pursuit of a particular cultural or partisan agenda are completely unfounded."

No one is going to believe this corporate gobbledegook after Southwark CNC.

Posted by A J Barford at Friday, 1 July 2011 at 8:24am BST

Why the need for a Communications Director for the venerable old Church of England? Is there anything new going on there that needs to be communicated - apart from the arrival of GAFCON, that is?

I don't think the long awaited sexuality debate will ever get off the ground there now. The world has waited long enough. Watch out for the new Puritans - and retrenchment.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Friday, 1 July 2011 at 3:48pm BST
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