MYSTERY continues to surround the ‘stepping back’ of Bishop of Gloucester Michael Perham from his role.
Police yesterday confirmed there is no investigation on their part but Gloucester Diocese has continued to refuse to answer any questions, other than saying it is down to ‘personal reasons’.
The Right Reverend Michael Perham was due to retire in November.
Members of the clergy and local vicars have been told not to discuss his move.
There has been speculation on social media on what could have happened to cause the Bishop to suddenly stand down on the weekend of the First World War centenary services.
He was due to play a part in the service of remembrance at Gloucester Cathedral on Sunday, but others stepped in.
While it’s believed he is still technically the Bishop of Gloucester, he will not be carrying out all the duties associated with the position.
A spokesman for the Diocese of Gloucester said a process is under way to enable the Bishop of Tewkesbury, the Right Reverend. Martyn Snow, to take up the duties of the Bishop of Gloucester in his absence.
He said: "It follows standard procedure set out in church legislation and is a process used on other occasions. It is expected to be formally ratified in the near future.
"As was stated on Friday, the Rt. Revd. Michael Perham has stepped back from his role as Bishop of Gloucester."