New Archbishop of York endorses primary school gender transition, and that’s not all…. 18th December 2019 – Posted in: A sign of the times, News

New Archbishop of York endorses primary school gender transition

17 December 2019         Issued by: Christian Concern

It was announced today that the Right Reverend Stephen Cottrell will become the next Archbishop of York. Stephen Cottrell is the current Bishop of Chelmsford.

Earlier this year, Rev. John Parker resigned as governor of a Church of England (CofE) primary school in the diocese of Chelmsford over concerns about a young child being allowed to transition gender in the school. John Parker also resigned as vicar in the CofE, citing the diocese’s support of transgender ideology in the primary school as the final straw.

The diocese, and the Bishop, unequivocally supported the ‘gender transition’ of a primary school child.

Bishop Stephen Cottrell had previously told John Parker that his Biblical views on sexuality were not welcome in the Church of England and that he “could leave.”

Stephen Cottrell denied this on Twitter, and later in a formal Ad Clerum.

It then emerged that other clergy in the diocese had also been told that they could leave the CofE if they did not agree with the approach of the diocese on sexuality. A statement was released by GAFCON. It said:

“The truth is that Stephen Cottrell has, on more than one occasion, told clergy, including John Parker, that if we disagree with the approach the Diocese is taking on matters of human sexuality we should follow our consciences and leave. There were more than thirty clergy at one of the meetings.”

Stephen Cottrell has also suggested in the House of Lords that CofE teaching on marriage could change.

A church in Stephen Cottrell’s diocese is hosting a carol service and nativity in which the words of carols have been changed so as to avoid saying that Jesus is Lord or King or Saviour. A diocese spokesperson has endorsed removing all references to Jesus as ‘Lord’ from Away in a Manger.