An Anglican bishop has turned down a promotion after fellow clergy in his new diocese objected to his stance against ordaining women priests.
Philip North had been chosen as the next Bishop of Sheffield but said the level of opposition meant accepting the offer would be counter-productive.
He said he had withdrawn for “personal reasons” but added the “attacks” against him were “extremely hard”.
The Archbishop of York urged members to “disagree Christianly”.
New Bishop is forced to quit as Church hit by sexism row
THE designate Bishop of Sheffield blamed personal criticism for dramatically stepping aside last night following a damaging sexism row about his longstanding opposition to female clergy on theological grounds.
Citing the nature of the abuse that he had received, Philip North – the current Bishop of Burnley – accepted that it would be “counter-productive” to take up a high-profile role that he accepted from the Queen as recently as January 31.
Selection of controversial Sheffield bishop ‘showed a lack of understanding’
The search is on for a new Bishop of Sheffield – after the cleric picked for the role turned the job down amid controversy over his opposition to women becoming priests.
The Rt Rev Philip North, who had been expected to be elected in April, will remain as the Bishop of Burnley, and the name of an ‘alternative candidate’ will need to be put forward by Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York.