Statement from Southwak diocese on the claim a reader was "sacked" for opposing gay marriage:
A spokesperson for the Diocese of Southwark said:
The Reader in question has not been suspended.
Some members of the congregation had raised some pastoral concerns with the Archdeacon and he discussed these with the Reader. During the meeting it became clear that there are disagreements within the parish concerning how some matters are handled. The Archdeacon asked the Reader to refrain from ministry in the particular parish for two months in order for there to be time for these pastoral matters to be resolved. The Bishop of Southwark has put measures in place to try to resolve the difficulties within the parish.
The issue is not about the traditional view of marriage but related to matters of church order and authority during an interregnum.