February 23, 2006

Parish split on vicar

UNITED KINGDOM
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