Durham Diocese in the Church of England have long insisted that only priests already in the diocese will be considered for posts that become vacant in the diocese, unless the posts cannot be filled internally. Personally, I think this attitude is disgusting enough, especially as other dioceses don't operate such a system. However, being resident in the diocese I had thought that I would be regarded as a priest of the diocese. In fact, I unsuccessfully applied for a post recently.
However, a new vacancy posted on the Diocesan website shows that they have tightened the closed shop even further and I will no longer be able to apply for posts within my own diocese.
This is exactly the same cavalier attitude towards English employment law that the archdeacons and bishop of Newcastle displayed when they removed me from my post for having suffered in the past from depression (an act of brutality that is not allowed under English secular law). That the present Bishop of Durham will soon be running the whole shebang is extremely worrying. Will the Church of England as a whole now refuse to adhere to the basic moral principles that guide our society?
Perhaps the UK government would have more sympathy for the human rights of Christians if Christian leaders were more keen to uphold the human rights of those supposedly in their care.