‘Chatter and secrecy’ fuel Oxford row over suspended dean

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‘Chatter and secrecy’ fuel Oxford row over suspended dean

Popular clergy connected to Oxford’s Christ Church Cathedral remain in revolt over a problem versus its dean that they state is “surrounded by secrecy and sustained by chatter”.

In a row that has actually shaken among the university’s most age-old organizations, the Very Rev Martyn Percy, head of Christ Church along with dean of the cathedral, has actually been implicated of “unethical, outrageous and disgraceful behaviour”. He has actually been suspended by the college’s governing body pending a tribunal led by a retired High Court judge later on this year.

More than 30 honorary canons headed by Sue Booys, the chair of Oxford diocese home of clergy, composed recently to Sir Andrew Smith, the previous judge, to sign up issue about the handling of the grievance.

Their letter proclaimed the “dean’s individual stability”, and criticised a “unfortunate and harsh hold-up” prior to the college’s governing body openly acknowledged that the undefined charges versus Percy did not connect to securing problems. “The problems connecting to this charge appear to be surrounded by secrecy and sustained by chatter,” it stated.

The letter was copied to the Charity Commission, which has oversight of Christ Church as a charitable organization.

According to among the signatories, the Rev Canon Rosie Harper, the letter “represents the body of the cathedral stating: we lag [Percy]”.