Feminists have come close to destroying the Church of England, we shouldn’t be surprised that they’re destroying other Christian churches too. A piece in today’s Times:
Scotland’s first woman bishop is at the centre of a “bullying” row that is threatening to cause a schism with the Episcopal Church.
The Rt Reverend Anne Dyer, 63, was consecrated as the Anglican bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney in 2018. The Scottish Episcopal Church has begun an investigation after she dismissed the musical director at her cathedral and suspended a high-profile priest.
Lord Glenarthur, a church member and a minister of state for Scotland in the Thatcher government, was so dismayed that he wrote to The Most Rev Mark Strange, primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, urging him to intervene. He alleges that he was “deliberately misled” when he asked Bishop Dyer about recent developments and insisted that there was growing unease over her conduct.
Last year she and the other bishops from the country’s third largest Christian denomination took part in bullying awareness training after a report suggested that harassment was endemic within Scotland’s Anglican community. A survey found a “negative atmosphere which can foster bullying and harassment within the church” — with more than a third of clergy reporting being victimised.
The latest allegations emerged after Bishop Dyer oversaw the closure of St Andrew’s, Aberdeen’s Anglican cathedral, and a move to the city’s St Mary’s church — which has become a temporary cathedral — last year.
Christopher Cromar, the director of music at St Andrew’s, briefly continued his role at the new venue but was told by email in early October that his services were no longer required. It is understood that after a “robust” exchange of emails he was told he was no longer welcome at St Mary’s.
Despite this, Mr Cromar, a conductor and organist who has given recitals at Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral and on Radio 4, attended the Sunday service on October 11. One member of the congregation and a friend of Mr Cromar said: “Chris wanted to let everyone know how he had been treated. After the mass had finished — at a point where people have previously been invited to have their say — he stood up. All he was able to say was ‘good morning’ before the organ started and he was drowned out.”
The next day Mr Cromar was accused of “aggressive and threatening behaviour” and conduct which risked bringing the church into disrepute.
Friends say he was ordered to return his key and told that the bishop never wanted to see or hear from him again.
Mr Cromar said he was unable to comment but a friend confirmed he had written to the primus. They said: “Chris was delighted that Bishop Mark had spoken out against bullying and stated it will no longer be tolerated within the church. He asked him for help and pointed out this is just the latest in the line of grievances where Bishop Anne Dyer is the common link. There are others who want to speak out but they are too frightened to challenge her.”
The Rev Isaac Poobalan, the Provost of St Andrew’s, who in 2013 invited Muslims to use his church hall for worship, was suspended shortly after Mr Cromar was relieved of his duties. Members of the congregation say he stood by the musical director. Mr Poobalan said: “An HR investigation is being carried out so I am unable to comment.”
Lord Glenarthur said Bishop Dyer assured him on October 13 that she had an excellent working relationship with Mr Cromar. He subsequently found out that on October 12 she had ordered Mr Cromar to never contact her again.
Lord Glenarthur said: “I have spoken to a number of clergy and lay people and there is a view that they are finding Bishop Anne increasingly difficult to deal with. The primus needs to recognise there is an enormous problem here. There is a real risk of fracture within the diocese.” Members of the congregation said plans to leave the Episcopal Church were being actively discussed. “As things stand the cathedral congregation will wish to seek separation,” one said.
After becoming bishop Ms Dyer claimed she had previously been subjected to sexist bullying and had faced opposition within the church because she supported gay rights.
The Scottish Episcopal Church said an independent human resources firm had been brought in to “investigate and provide potential solutions to the current issues surrounding the director of music and subsequent breakdown in working relationships”.
Bishop Anne Dyer has developed a reputation as a formidable feminist trailblazer [J4MB emphasis] who has been forced to develop a thick skin (Marc Horne writes).
Born in Yorkshire in 1957 she attended Bradford Girls’ Grammar School before studying chemistry at Oxford.
She worked as a business systems analyst for Unilever before becoming one of the first women to be ordained as a Church of England priest in 1994.
After serving as the first female principal of Cranmer Hall, the Anglican theological college in Durham, she moved north and made history when she became the Episcopal Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney in 2018.
However, seven of the diocese’s 14 priests signed an open letter protesting against her appointment, claiming it was “divisive and disrespectful”. They objected to her support for same-sex marriage and claimed that she would be unable to carry out her duties properly — in an area with a large rural hinterland — as she could not drive.
The bishop faced down her critics and said she would no longer tolerate misogyny or bullying. “I was a good girl at university and I didn’t rock the boat,” she said. “These days, well these days I do.
“I’m only going to be bishop for a few years and I’m going to make it count.
“I will never, ever make the tea, one of the men can do that.”
She said that her favourite TV series was Game of Thrones and wished that more religious women would wear make-up.
After the closure of St Andrew’s, Aberdeen’s Anglican cathedral, she installed herself as provost of St Mary’s, the new acting regional seat of worship. Making it clear she would brook no dissent she sent out an email which read: “I am bishop — with all of my rights and authority, now and into the future.”
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