[Christianity Today UK] 3 Sep 2008--The Church in Wales has played down media reports speculating that controversial gay cleric Dr Jeffrey John could become the next Bishop of Bangor.
If elected, Dr John would be the first openly gay bishop in the Church in Wales and the UK.
Welsh bishops will meet at Bangor Cathedral on October 10 to vote on a successor to the previous Bishop of Bangor, the Rt Rev Tony Crockett, who died of cancer earlier this year.
A spokeswoman for the Church in Wales did not confirm that Dr John was in the running for the position, telling the Western Mail that nominations are not made until bishops in the electoral college meet to make the appointment.
According to the newspaper, the spokeswoman inferred that it was unlikely Dr John would be selected for the post in light of the moratorium on homosexual consecrations agreed by bishops at the recent Lambeth Conference.