Update: CDM case against Fr Robert Thompson dismissed

The unjust CDM process initiated against Fr Robert Thompson has been dismissed. See this earlier news item for the back story.

Fr Robert, a priest in the Diocese of London, was recently subject to a Clergy Discipline Measure complaint as a result of his acting as advocate for a young woman driven from her church for her sexuality. The case attracted a lot of comment in the local media and on social media, and as a result Fr Robert, who was forthright in his defence of her and challenge to the diocese, was accused of bullying and intimidation.

The Equal Campaign wrote to Bishop Sarah questioning the process and expressing concern at the way Fr Robert was being treated for standing up for a vulnerable young woman, and also questioning the safeguarding of all LGBTQIA+ people in churches across the diocese. The complaint has now been dismissed and Fr Robert cleared of any misconduct. Nonetheless members of Equal will be meeting with Bishop Sarah to discuss this incident and also to speak with her about her role as Chair of the Next Steps group looking at the outcome of the LLF process.