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Controversial archbishop appointed to York

February 2020

Bishop of Chelmsford, Stephen Cottrell
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Evangelicals have expressed concern over the appointment of the current Bishop of Chelmsford, Stephen Cottrell, as the next Archbishop of York.

According to reports in Pink News and church newspapers, Bishop Stephen has previously told faithful clergy in his diocese that they ‘could leave’ if they did not agree with his approach on human sexuality. He also said everyone should be made welcome, regardless of their sexuality.

Andrea Williams, a member of the Church of England (CofE) Synod and founder of advocacy organisation Christian Concern, said Mr Cottrell was ‘not a Bishop who respects Biblical truth when it comes to human sexuality or marriage’.

In a statement, Ms Williams added, ‘It is now clearer than ever that the CofE is determined to act in total disregard of those who hold the basic truths that God created us male and female and that sexual expression is reserved for marriage between a man and a woman’.