Comments: Former Worcestershire rector loses employment tribunal claim

Yes, until he wants to officiate at a same ex marriage,or to take a same ex partner, or ...

Posted by Rosemary Hannah at Saturday, 18 February 2012 at 11:00am GMT

Read the full facts and your sympathy will be with the Diocese.

Posted by Robert ian Williams at Monday, 20 February 2012 at 8:29am GMT

The decision is bollocks. If it looks like employment, and walks like employment and talks like employment, it's employment. This type of decision will lead to the unionization of clergy who will have no alternative but to use their rights of free association to protect themselves from their - okay if the CofE isn't an employer, let's use the word, MASTER...protect themselves from their Masters. The Church of England must protect its front line workers and be seen to do so, to a reasonable degree.

Posted by Catherine Uffen at Friday, 24 February 2012 at 5:14am GMT

I am somewhat late in seeing this which I find most disappointing. It confirms my view that the Church of England is a business using Christianity as its cover story and trade mark. I do hope Rev. Mark Sharpe has or will appeal. There has been an employment appeal tribunal decision that for reasons I do not understand seems not to have floated to the top. It is my view that Employment Tribunals are heavily weighted against claimants. I hope Rev Clarke can take it further. I am sure he has not received justice so far.

Posted by Freddy Crabbe at Friday, 1 June 2012 at 2:58pm BST

I have now retired but held a freehold post in the C of E just like Mark Sharpe. There are freedoms and privelages that go with such an office. Freedom to preach the Gospel is one whatever opposition results. As a responsible and professional person he should have known what he was offering himself for. In his situation what most office holders would do is MOVE. Instead he seems to have resigned then lodged this complaint. The Church cannot be held responsible for the behaviour of Parishioners nor for that of Church members. Very very rarely would it dismiss a minister not even for performing some rite for same sex couples or divorcees.

Posted by Colin Backhouse at Thursday, 4 October 2012 at 6:51am BST
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