Thursday, 3 June 2004

second parish protests

Update Tuesday 8 June
Further reports about this on the websites of BBC 3 Counties (local) radio and Anglia TV (regional commercial television).

The Bedfordshire parish of Cranfield is reported to have decided to withhold its £23,500 quota from the St Albans diocese. See Church leads protest from the Barnet Times this week.

The story is also reported by the Press Association Another Parish Stops Funds in Gay Cleric Protest

The parish which reported an electoral roll of 99 persons and 58 Easter communicants (out of a civil population of 3436) in the 2003 diocesan year bookis held in plurality with Hulcote and Salford (combined population 162, electoral roll 31, Easter communicants 15) by Hugh K. Symes-Thompson. He was a signatory of the letter to the Bishop of St Albans sent by Church Society on 11 May 2004 and available here as a pdf file (html version here).

The quota sum to be withheld by Cranfield is less than the amount paid by the diocese to cover the stipend, pension, and housing costs of the Rector.

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The quota sum to be withheld by Cranfield is less than the amount paid by the diocese to cover the stipend, pension, and housing costs of the Rector.

But I suppose the rector still intends for his stipend, pension, and housing costs to be paid regardless…

This is why I find this sort of financial blackmail to be so hypocritical.

Posted by: David Huff at June 7, 2004 12:22 AM