Monday, September 22, 2008

Dr Patrick White nominated to be Bishop of Bermuda

[The Royal Gazette] 22 Sep 2008--Protection for homosexuals needs to be "clearly stated" according to Anglican Bishop elect, Reverend Canon Dr Patrick White.

Canon White, 65, of St. Paul's Church in Paget, was voted into the highest post for the Anglican church on the Island, on Saturday morning with the decision cemented by votes from the House of Clergy and the House of Laity.

His nomination must now be approved by the Archbishop of Canterbury, before being consecrated as Anglican Bishop of Bermuda by at least three Bishops, which he hopes will be by the end of the year.

He will replace Bishop Ewen Ratteray who retired last year and was the first black and first Bermudian Bishop of the Anglican Church. Bishop Ratteray left the Island this year to move to the City of York in England.

Yesterday, Canon White spoke about his priorities for the Church and said he, like Archdeacon Andrew Doughty, who was the other candidate for the Bishop post, believe that gay and lesbian rights should be protected.

"I am with him (Archdeacon Doughty). It's something Bishop Ratteray also supported. Change in terms of protection to gays and lesbians we need to get that clearly stated," he said.

He added that it has been a long standing practice that gay and lesbian priests would be ordained in the Anglican Church, but that they remain celibate.

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