February 23, 2006

Parish split on vicar

Tameside Advertiser

THE Archbishop of Canterbury has admitted he is "very concerned" by the split among parishioners in Godley over vicar Malcolm Harries.

A no-confidence petition containing more than 60 names was sent to Lambeth Palace, demanding his removal.

Reverend Harries, priest-in-charge at St Johnís, was acquitted of gross indecency towards a 15-year-old boy at a swimming baths in 2003.

But he was later sacked by the Bishop of Chester after it emerged he had been acquitted in a similar court case in April 1992.

Posted by kshaw at February 23, 2006 07:59 AM