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Press coverage of Archdeacon’s past

10 May 2013


From Mr Kieron Wood

Sir, - In relation to the report by Gregg Ryan ( News, 3 May) concerning my story in The Sunday Business Post about the proposed consecration of the Ven. Leslie Stevenson as Bishop of Meath & Kildare, there is to my knowledge no "press campaign against him".

My story reported simply that he would be the first divorced bishop in the history of the Christian Church in Ireland. It was Archdeacon Stevenson himself who admitted to me in a statement that, after the break-up of his first marriage, while serving as Rector of Donaghadee in Northern Ireland, he had had an "inappropriate" relationship with an unmarried parishioner.

Mr Ryan reports that "the reaction among clergy and laity in the diocese has ranged from incredulity to annoyance at what is seen as outside interference in an episcopal selection." A report on such a newsworthy topic can hardly be described as "interference". As for the allegation of "hostile publicity", that, too, is nonsense.

Senior assistant editor
The Sunday Business Post
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