Bishop says there is a lack of paid island priests

Right Reverend Michael Scott-Joynt
Image caption Bishop Michael is retiring as the Bishop of Winchester

The Bishop of Winchester said that a lack of paid Anglican priests who are from the Channel Islands could cause resentment among islanders.

The Right Reverend Michael Scott-Joynt is retiring this month after 15 years in the role.

He was appointed Bishop of Winchester in 1996 and had responsibility for the Channel Islands.

He said he had met so many good people but found the structure of the islands complicated.

He was also concerned there were now no Channel Islanders among the paid clergy.

Bishop Michael said the lack of locally-born paid priests could put pressure on those coming to the island and volunteer priests.

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