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Bishop seeks union help to fight church bullying

A BISHOP is among 150 clergy and ministers in the UK who have sought protection with the trade union Unite from what it describes as a culture of bullying in the established church.

Most of those who have sought help are in the Church of England but Roman Catholic priests, rabbis and imams have also joined Unite, according to Rachael Maskell, officer for the union's faith workers' branch.

The union, which has set up a special helpline for priests intimidated by their bishops or congregations, is reviewing its clergy caseload as part of its campaign for full employment rights for clergy.

Among the 2,500 members of the faith workers' branch are four bishops, including one "very prominent" Church of England bishop and one from the Church in Wales. (┬ęThe Times, London)

Irish Independent