Former Bishop of Oxford, Lord Harries of Pentregarth
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Civil partnerships: Church 'must prioritise blessings'

The former Bishop of Oxford, Lord Harries of Pentregarth, says the Church in Wales and the Church of England should prioritise blessings for civil partnerships.

Lord Harries told Vaughan Roderick on BBC Wales' Sunday Supplement programme they should be welcomed warmly and not through "gritted teeth".

He nominated Dr Jeffrey John, from Tonyrefail, for the position of Bishop of Reading in 2003.

Dr John has been at the centre of the row over gay bishops, having twice been put forward for the role in the Church of England.

  • 06 Jan 2013