Maori bishop suspended over hostile statements about Islam/Judaism

The archbishops of the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia have suspended Bishop John Gray over remarks he made at an inter faith round table.

The Archbishops of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia are aware of complaints made recently about Bishop John Gray.

The Archbishops – Brown Turei, Philip Richardson, and Winston Halapua – have advised that Bishop John will not hold office as Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Te Waipounamu while these complaints  are being investigated.  (The Diocese of Te Waipounamu covers the South Island).

Archbishop Brown has appointed the Vicar General of Te Pihopatanga o Aotearoa, the Rt Rev Te Kitohi Pikaahu, to provide care and leadership of the Diocese of Te Waipounamu in the meantime.

(NOTE: Te Pihopatanga o Aotearoa is the Maori Anglican Church of Aotearoa. Bishop John retains the title of bishop throughout the investigation. However, he cannot exercise ministry until the matter is resolved.)

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