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    1. Couldn’t be more pleased that @churchnw6 is spending a sabbatical cover term at @lmhoxford as chaplain (thread) thetimes.co.uk/article/blackl…

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    2. The headline - suggesting Andrew “works for Guardian man” – will amuse anyone who knows how @UniofOxford functions. He was appointed by our Governing Body on the recommendation of the present chaplain.

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    3. But we are delighted to have Andrew at @lmhoxford , even if the Church of England apparently cannot use his immense gifts, on the grounds that he is legally married.

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    4. Sunday Times says the appointment has “angered traditionalists” - though none are named or quoted. Thankfully, Oxford college chaplains do not need licences from the CofE

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    5. .@lmhoxford was the first Oxford college to admit women. Our history of inclusion stretches to our current pioneering foundation year to admit students from under-represented backgrounds..

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    6. ...so we are very pleased to demonstrate our commitment to another dimension of inclusion

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    7. I am personally baffled by the doctrinal contortions which allow gay CofE priests to have celibate civil partnerships, but not to commit to marriage.

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    8. But, having worked with Father Andrew for a few weeks, I am amazed that any organisation – let alone the Church - should turn its back on someone of such warmth, commitment, empathy and integrity

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    You can hear @churchnw6 talking about his appointment at @lmhoxford on this morning's Radio 4 Sunday programme - about seven minutes in bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00…

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