Sunday, 6 September 2009

GREAT BADDOW: Controversial rector resigns over 'theological differences'

A VILLAGE rector at the centre of a row over his controversial opinions on homosexuality has resigned.

Alan Comfort, 44, cited "theological differences" with his congregation as the reason for leaving his post at St Mary's Church, Great Baddow.

The former professional footballer angered members of his congregation with comments on same-sex relationships in July.

Spokesman for the Diocese of Chelmsford, Ralph Meloy, said: "It was apparent from early on that there were unexpected theological differences between the congregation and Mr Comfort.

"So he is taking this action believing it to be to the mutual benefit of all concerned."

Rev Comfort, who also acts as team chaplain for Leyton Orient Football Club, announced his intention to step down on Sunday.

The message was passed onto his congregation by associate minister, the Rev Sandy Southee.

Rev Comfort was unavailable for comment, despite numerous attempts to contact him.

The comments which angered sections of the congregation and the wider community in Great Baddow were made during services at the church, and later in an interview with the Essex Chronicle. Read more
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