Priest who says women shouldn't be ordained loses employment tribunal

첫 여성 주교 봉헌을 방해한 영국 성공회 신부, 강제 퇴직 당한 종교 차별 재판소에서 패소 70 because of his belief that women shouldn’t be ordained

  • Paul Williamson claims he was forced to retire because of beliefs about women
  • Rev Williamson interrupted 2015 consecration service shouting ‘Not in the Bible
  • The priest tried to claim age discrimination when he was forced to retire in 2019
  • He lost latest legal challenge on grounds of religious discrimination as it was late
  • A Church of England priest who protested at the consecration of the first female bishop has lost a claim of religious discrimination at a tribunal after he claimed he was forced to retire because he believes women shouldn’t be ordained.

    Reverend Paul Williamson claimed he was forced to retire aged 70 – as is common practice in the Church of Englandbecause of his unpopular view.

    His notorious campaign against women being ordained dates back 25 years when in 1997 he tried to sue the dean and chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral for appointing a female minor canon.

    에 2015 the priest publicly interrupted the ordination of Libby LaneEngland’s first female bishopat York Minster to object to it, shouting that it was ‘not in the bibleand that it was an ‘absolute impediment’.

    Rev Paul Williamson, a Church of England priest who claimed he was forced out of his post due to his controversial belief that women shouldn't be ordained has lost a religious discrimination case - his second bid to claim he was forced to retire at the age of 70 because of discrimination

    Rev Paul Williamson, a Church of England priest who claimed he was forced out of his post due to his controversial belief that women shouldn’t be ordained has lost a religious discrimination casehis second bid to claim he was forced to retire at the age of 70 because of discrimination

    Rev Williamson interrupted the service where Rev Libby Lane was being ordained as a Bishop

    Rev Williamson interrupted the service where Rev Libby Lane was being ordained as a Bishop

    Protesting priest shouting ‘Not in the Bibledisrupted consecration of first female bishop in the Church of England

    The consecration of the first woman bishop in the history of the Church of England was disrupted by protesting vicar Rev Paul Williamson in January 2015.

    The Reverend Libby Lane became the Bishop of Stockport in a service conducted by the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu at York Minster.

    The historic event was briefly interrupted by the appearance of ultra-conservative priest Rev Paul Williamson shouting ‘Not in the Bibleas she was presented to the congregation.

    A Church of England spokesman described him as a ‘serial protesterwho had been expected to attend.

    그는 말했다: ‘He’s got the right to protest but the contrast was between a lone voice protesting and a sea of voices affirming.

    Mrs Lane, an Oxford-educated mother of two, was appointed as a bishop last month, in a historic move which ends five centuries of all-male leadership in the church.

    That announcement came just weeks after the General Synod formally adopted legislation allowing women to take the role, following years of furious debate on the issue.

    광고

    지금, Rev Williamson has lost his second employment tribunal after he was forced to retire from his post as priest of St George’s Church, Hanworth, 런던.

    Rev Williamson, 72, first lost an age discrimination case in 2019 after he was retired at 70.

    All priests retire at 70 under Church of England rules unless there are exceptional circumstances.

    Despite losing the case, he has now tried to bring the same claims in addition to allegations of religious discrimination.

    ‘[Rev Williamson] believed that he was being discriminated against on grounds of his religious beliefs regarding the ordination of women into the clergy’, a tribunal report said.

    The Watford employment tribunal was told: ‘[Rev Williamson] considers that the ordination of women into the clergy is not consistent with biblical doctrine.

    '역사적으로, he has pursued a number of legal challenges as a consequence of this belief.

    The tribunal heard Rev Williamson requested to continue working past his 70th birthday in November 2018, however the Bishop of London decided only to extend his service until April 2019.

    In early 2019 the tribunal heard Rev Williamson was ‘distressedby thoughts concerning his impending retirement and sought mental health support from his GP.

    He was diagnosed as suffering from stress and was prescribed antidepressantsbut declined counsellingand concerns were raised about him expressing ‘suicidal thoughts’.

    Rev Williamson lost his latest case because his religious discrimination claims were lodged 10 months too latewith a panel questioning why he didn’t raise them as part of his first tribunal.

    The tribunal panel said: ‘The second claim, as reformulated, includes a new complaint of religious discrimination which did not appear in the first claim.

    Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu (엘) and the Rev Libby Lane take part in a consecration service where she became the eighth Bishop of Stockport at York Minster on January 26, 2015

    레브. Libby Lane at York Minster, 영국, where she was consecrated

    Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu (엘) and the Rev Libby Lane take part in a consecration service where she became the eighth Bishop of Stockport at York Minster on January 26, 2015

    ‘It is clear that Rev Williamson was of the view, before the first claim was filed, that the refusal to extend his service was motivated by his religious beliefs regarding the ordination of women.

    ' 그럼에도 불구하고, he and his representatives apparently decided not to include these matters in the first claim. There is no reason why these matters could not have been included when the first claim was filed.

    Rev Williamson was first ordained as a deacon in 1972 and as a priest the following year. He served as priest St George’s in Hanworth since 1992.

    Rev Williamson is notorious for his opposition to the ordination of women to the priesthood.

    He hit headlines in 2015 when the Reverend Libby Lane became the Bishop of Stockport in a service conducted by the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu.

    The historic event was briefly interrupted by the appearance of Rev Paul Williamson, shouting ‘Not in the Bibleas she was presented to the congregation at York Minster.

    당시, a Church of England spokesman described him as a ‘serial protesterwho had been expected to attend.

    그는 말했다: ‘He’s got the right to protest but the contrast was between a lone voice protesting and a sea of voices affirming.

    Rev Williamson was declared a ‘vexatious litigantby the High Court the same year he tried to sue the dean and chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral, as a result of his continued legal challenges.

    He also protested against the legality of Prince Charleswedding to Camilla in 2005.

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