An Anglican church has banned women from applying to its vacant post of vicar on ‘biblical’ grounds.

Holy Trinity Church in Wallington in south west London will now issue a job advert that specifically excludes female clerics from seeking the job.

The Church of England said such a move was rare but not unique. A spokesman said that because vicars and priests are ‘postholders’ rather than employees, the church does not fall foul of equal opportunities laws.

The decision to bar women from the £25,000 a year job was taken after a vote by Holy Trinity’s parochial church council. CONTINUE READING

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