The Revd Canon Jeffrey Davies was Canon Precentor of Salisbury Cathedral for 25+ years. He has since retired and has been in demand as a lecturer and preacher in both the UK and the USA. He married his partner of 30 years, opera singer Simon McEnery last year. He had been asked to take future services at Winchester Cathedral, near his home, after having served there a number of times in the recent past. He had applied for a license from the Bishop of Winchester. His application has been denied.
Canon Jeremy Davies made an application earlier this year for permission to officiate in the Diocese of Winchester. Due to the Church of England’s position on same sex marriage, as set out in the House of Bishops’ Pastoral Guidance, Canon Jeremy Davies has been informed that his application has been unsuccessful.
The image and story are from the Salisbury Journal