Bishop at­tacked af­ter gay snub

The Church of England - - NEWS -

THE CHURCH of Nor­way’s Bishop of More, the Rt. Rev Inge­borg Midt­tømme, has come un­der sharp crit­i­cism from the me­dia and gov­ern­ment lead­ers af­ter she re­fused to or­dain a the­o­log­i­cal stu­dent living in a same-sex re­la­tion­ship.

Hanne Marie Ped­er­sen-Erik­sen, a re­cent grad­u­ate of the Church’s the­o­log­i­cal sem­i­nary, had been of­fered the post of vicar of Sandøy in West­ern Nor­way by the parish coun­cil.

How­ever, the bishop de­clined to ac­cept Ms Ped­er­sen-Erik­sen. The head of the parish coun­cil told her lo­cal news­pa­per that the de­ci­sion was not un­ex­pected.

“We know what Bishop Inge­borg Midt­tømme stands for, it is no sur­prise that she will not or­dain Ped­er­sen-Erik­sen,” Norunn Blokkum, told the [I] Roms­dals Bud­stikke.

“The bishop de­cides, but of course we are very dis­ap­pointed.”

Bishop Midt­tømme, one of three women bish­ops among the 12 dioce­san bish­ops in Nor­way, told the [I] Vårt Land news­pa­per on 9 April the House of Bish­ops had met “tonight about how this is to be un­der­stood. It is well known that we have dif­fer­ent views,” adding, “The fact that we live with two views in this mat­ter gives us th­ese con­se­quences.”

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