Priddis ‘sorry for hurt’

13 December 2007

by Simon Sarmiento

THE Bishop of Hereford, the Rt Revd Anthony Priddis, has said he now regrets “a lot of what has happened” in the case of unlawful discrimination against John Reaney. He lost the case (News, 20 July), but he has not changed his opinion, he said last Friday.

“I am very sorry for all the hurt and pain my decision not to appoint [him] has caused,” Bishop Priddis said in a witness statement. “My opinion was, and still is, that at the time of the interview [he] did not have sufficient stability of life to give the assurances the tribunal have found I was entitled to require of him.”

An employment tribunal at Cardiff last week adjourned before deciding on financial compensation and other remedies, which the parties had failed to agree privately in the four months since judgment was given.

When asked whether the diocese would in future insert a reference to the employment regulations in its job advertisements, the Bishop was hesitant: “We wouldn’t want to be in a position where we discourage people of homosexual, lesbian, or bisexual orientation to apply for posts.”

The Bishop took exception to the adverse coverage of the case, saying that it had been “driven by Stonewall”, the gay campaigning group.

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