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Bishop snubbed over gay support
Bishop Gene Robinson
Bishop Gene Robinson's appointment has divided the church
A bishop forced to cancel a Caribbean trip because of his views on homosexual clerics has spoken of his sorrow.

The Rt Rev John Gladwin, Bishop of Chelmsford had been due to visit Trinidad and Tobago later this month to preach at a celebratory service.

But the invitation has been withdrawn by the Rt Rev Calvin Bess, a bishop based in Port of Spain.

It came after Dr Gladwin voiced his support for Anglicans in the US where a homosexual bishop has been consecrated.

Dr Gladwin said he was very sorry the invitation had been withdrawn.

Same-sex unions

"The links which exist between dioceses across the Communion are a marvellous way in which we can learn from each other the necessary lesson of how to live with diversity and difference of culture and practice whilst sharing a common faith in our Lord Jesus Christ," he said.

The Bishop added the diocese remained wholly committed to its link with Trinidad and Tobago.

Six priests in Essex have "broken sacramental ties" with Dr Gladwin because of his views.

Their protest was triggered by a letter to a national newspaper in which Dr Gladwin, and five other bishops, declared support for liberal Anglicans in Canada and the US - where the first openly gay bishop, Bishop Gene Robinson, has been consecrated and blessings for same-sex unions authorised.

The rebel clergymen said they would not participate in services of confirmation, baptism or communion with Dr Gladwin.




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