Anglesey vicar suspended after complaints from parish
Published: 5th Aug 2010 17:28:14
A church investigation is under way after an Anglesey vicar was suspended following complaints from his congregation.
The Reverend Deiniol Prys, rector of Llansadwrn, was suspended two months ago by the bishop of Bangor.
The Church in Wales said it followed concerns about a deterioration in his relationship with his parishioners.
A report from officials is expected "at any time". Mr Prys was unavailable to comment.
Human resources officers were called in to investigate complaints involving the rector, who has served the area and several other nearby parishes since 1984.
The issue related to a "pastoral breakdown" between him and churchgoers.
A spokeswoman for the Bangor diocese said the bishop, the Rt Reverend Andrew John, was awaiting the outcome of the report.
The spokeswoman said: "Some members of the parish of the Reverend Deiniol Prys have complained that the relationship of Mr Prys with his parishioners has deteriorated to what can be described as 'pastoral breakdown.'
It's causing a lot of distress for the parish to be without their clergyman”
"On receipt of these complaints, the Bishop arranged for the complaints to be investigated by senior staff of the Church in Wales.
"A report will be presented to the Bishop and he will make a decision based on the findings of that report."
She said while Mr Prys remained suspended, his duties were being covered by other parishes.
"The bishop is expecting to have the report at any time shortly. For everyone's sake, he doesn't want this to be dragged out."
A woman who answered the telephone at the rectory said: "We have no comment to make."
Pentraeth councillor Hefin Thomas said: "Nobody seems to know exactly what this is about but it's very upsetting and it's causing a lot of distress for the parish to be without their clergyman.
"I know that cover is being provided from other parishes, but it's not the same for people as having their own vicar.
"It's important that people have someone they can turn to and talk to, especially at times of bereavement."
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