Bishop Martin Wharton To Retire On Full Pension

So the Bishop of Newcastle, Martin Wharton, the man whose bigotry towards people with mental health problems led to my life on earth being a complete waste of time, is to retire in August. It was this bank manager of a bishop who decided, after I had struggled back to being well enough to work, that priests who had suffered from depression, had got depression because of work related stress (regardless of what psychiatrists said about the person concerned) and so should never work as a parish priest again. He then compounded his wickedness by claiming church immunity from equal opportunity legislation, and just sacking me without any due process or redundancy package.

He then forgot about me as did the rest of the Church of England. There is somebody to help everybody in the Church of England except those who are summarily dismissed by diocesan bishops on a whim.

Therefore, although Martin Wharton will be enjoying his retirement on a full bishop's pension I have no pension to look forward to, no job, no future. I have nothing to live for and all the work I put into training to be a priest is worth nought. It was a complete waste of time. Worse than that, it led me, via the office of the Bishop of Newcastle, into hell.

He has no doubt forgotten all about me. I was just an entry in the accounts book of the diocese and my destruction simply a pragmatic decision no more momentous than choosing the colour of the toilet paper for the diocesan house loos. However, I will never forget him. His prejudice, his lack of pastoral ability, his lack of faith, made me the miserable, angry, hopeless person I am today.

Of course, I am not the only one to be disappeared by a bishop of the Church of England. There are many of us. The mentally ill, the gay, those who do not play the game, those who complain or blow the whistle. We suffer, and will die suffering, because the Church of England would rather appoint a company man with a good academic background to the episcopacy than a shepherd and because the way of the Church of England is to pretend those it lets down or hurts do not exist rather than offer them care and restoration.

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Bishop Martin Wharton To Retire On Full Pension — 10 Comments

  1. Unfortunately, the story goes on and on…previously nobody was to question the wisdom of the +fellows, and they are fellows still, at the Church of England. Even George Carey, Lord Carey of Clifton and his pal Lord Oystermouth are still causing wreckage at Church because they wish to be understood. I think there must a handful of +them that are actually human and seem to rech out with genuine interest and serve in a world that includes everyone (not just their suck-em-ups) but the worst disaster to come up is your/our very own Archbishop of Canterbury. ++Justin is a dangerously unwise lot who ignores the outcomes of his stupidity and giggly fundamentalism as people are made to be outcasts (like you), tormented and die on the margins. This kind of a preacher man is a damn fool and harms others (as he already harmed you by ignoring you..that’s his game) and ought be hauled out of Lambeth Palace and forced to RESIGN!

  2. Unfortunately, the story goes on and on…previously nobody was to question the wisdom of the +fellows, and they are fellows still, at the Church of England. Even George Carey, Lord Carey of Clifton and his pal Lord Oystermouth are still causing wreckage at Church because they wish to be understood. I think there must a handful of +them that are actually human and seem to rech out with genuine interest and serve in a world that includes everyone (not just their suck-em-ups) but the worst disaster to come up is your/our very own Archbishop of Canterbury. ++Justin is a dangerously unwise lot who ignores the outcomes of his stupidity and giggly fundamentalism as people are made to be outcasts (like you), tormented and die on the margins. This kind of a preacher man is a damn fool and harms others (as he already harmed you by ignoring you..that’s his game) and ought be hauled out of Lambeth Palace and forced to RESIGN!

    • Okay, I’ll do that. In fact, I’ll start just as soon as a blessing comes along.

  3. Though you are not looking for “silver linings”, Jonathan, I offer one. Once retired, he will be no longer exercising his special brand of [non-]pastoral care on anyone. He did you a terrible injustice. He won’t be in a position to do it to anyone else once he’s gone.

    And please know that although I cannot begin to remedy the problems inflicted upon you, I am glad to just be able to sit and lend an ear. You may have been deprived your vocation, but you are loved by many in this online community that surrounds you.

    • As is the case for most of the original bloggers, I am loved by less and less people as each day passes. I fear that by the time I get to retirement age it will be down to just you and me, Jay. 🙂

  4. Our second parish in Omaha was ruinous of our mental and physical health. We stayed seven years, before moving to Buffalo. Thanks to the Internet, my dear wife continues to scan the obituary column of the Omaha paper. I can’t recommend the practice to you. But I certainly understand your position on Wharton and the injustice done to you. And if your original fans aren’t following you, you’ve got a bright bunch of new ones, who inhabit FB more than here.