Insulting Christianity Prompts Queen Chaplain Resignation

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: “Dr. Gavin Ashenden has tendered his resignation from the honorary position of Chaplain to The Queen. The Royal Household has accepted the resignation with immediate effect.” During a service at St Mary’s Episcopal in Glasgow this past month to mark the feast of the Epiphany, there was a reading of…

a passage from the Koran which said that Jesus was not the son of God.

Well all of this got the dander up the Rev Gavin Ashenden – so much that he tendered his resignation as chaplain to the queen. He said the reading was “a fairly serious error” and one which he had a duty to speak out about. “To have a reading from the Koran at that point was a fairly serious error for the Christian worshipping community, but to choose the reading they chose doubled the error. Of all passages you might have read likely to cause offense, that was one of the most problematic.”

The Rev Gavin Ashenden resides in the UK and partly in Normandy. He was until 2016 a part time parish priest, looking after a small parish on the Island of Jersey, part of the Channel Islands, just off the coast of Normandy, France, where he combined being a parish priest with writing. On the island of Jersey, he helped run weekly bible studies in the prison, and had a weekly column in the Island’s only newspaper, the Jersey Evening Post. He continues to write for the JEP once a fortnight.

He grew up in Kent, and was educated at the King’s School in Canterbury. After training originally at Bristol University as a lawyer, he attended Oak Hill Theological College to study theology and prepare for the priesthood in London, he was ordained in 1980. He has close links with the bishops of the Christian Episcopal Church in the USA and Canada.

For Further Insight:
The Rev Ashenden Blog
Gatestone Institute, Nomination for Nobel Peace Prize: Reverend Gavin Ashenden

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