(CEN) ”˜We need more younger clergy,’ says retiring Bishop of Winchester

Speaking to The Church of England Newspaper about his retirement, announced last October, the Rt Rev Michael Scott-Joynt said that more work needed be done in encouraging young men and women away from well-paid City jobs to roles which society really needs, such as being a priest, teacher or nurse.

In addition, the Bishop said that in looking back on his years in General Synod and in the House of Lords he said he regretted much of the arguing about gender and sexuality issues but believed he was there for a purpose to defend a conservative position.

He also said the Church of England should not “slither off” and become like the majority of the US Episcopal Church, which would be the end of the Church of England.

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