A statement from the Diocese of Coventry

We have been made aware of highly offensive comments on Twitter by an individual in this Diocese who is also an elected member of the General Synod.

The Diocese of Coventry commends the social media guidelines published by the Church of England.  We are extremely sorry when an individual makes comments that fall short of these guidelines, and we will take appropriate action in response to any complaints, including the involvement of external agencies as necessary.

The above guidelines include the call to be a ‘good ambassador’, and in this case there has been a serious failing. The expression of views that have been brought to the attention of the Bishop are those of the individual concerned and most definitely do not represent the views of the Bishop and Diocese of Coventry. The offence caused is a matter of deep regret.

Inspired by the witness of our Cathedral, the Diocese seeks to be a reconciling presence in every community and we expect those who carry its good name to strive after the highest standards of behaviour and communication and, in so doing, to adhere to the Pastoral Principles for living well together.

If you are affected by comments online, please click here for helpful information and available support.

15 August 2022


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