The final straw for Dr Hope could well have been an article in the Independent on Sunday ("Why gays are called to the church", 12 March) the day before he declared his sexuality. This referred to the large number of gay clergy in the London diocese. It cited the Bishop of London and his past role in running St Stephen's House, Oxford, described as "the campest of all theological colleges, where he was known as Ena the Cruel, since it was college tradition to give everyone female nicknames". Maybe the bishop decided to jump before he was pushed.
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