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New Bishop of Llandaff wants to put controversy over selection behind her

The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Christian Today

The new Bishop of Llandaff has said she wants her diocese to ‘go forward’ after controversy surrounding the rejection of a former high-profile candidate, Dean of St Albans Jeffrey John.

Rt Rev June Osborne was consecrated Bishop of Llandaff on Saturday.Ash Mills

Rt Rev June Osborne was consecrated on Saturday at Brecon Cathedral.

Jeffrey John, a a gay man in a celibate relationship whose selection as Bishop of Reading had provoked a crisis in the Church of England as then Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams first backed him and then withdrew his support, was tipped for Llandaff but failed to win enough votes in the electoral college, prompting accusations he was rejected because of his sexuality.

Osborne told BBC Radio Wales she was ‘sure we will go forward really confidently under my leadership’.

She said: ‘I wasn’t part of the early process and simply I don’t know what went on.

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