Friday, 11 January 2008
54 - Church Outing aftermath: Charles Griffin
Charles Griffin in the “Daily Express”, 17 May 1996
In 1996 Runcie admitted that he had ordained clergy on a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. He said he had ignored church rules by ordaining practicing homosexuals while in office. He had not actually confirmed that they were homosexual and living in a committed relationship; he simply did not inquire and assumed that they were.
Griffin adopts the blatant heterosexuality policy of Jak, but 1996 seems rather late to be using the phrase “nancy boy”. There may be some sort of ironic screen, in that its being said by the red-faced brigadier figure. But its intent of offence and disgust can’t be denied.