A Church in Wales clergyman has become the first divorced person in Britain to be appointed an Anglican bishop.
The Ven Anthony Crockett, the Archdeacon of Carmarthen, has been named as the next Bishop of Bangor following a protracted and controversial selection process.
The Most Rev Barry Morgan, who succeeded Dr Rowan Williams as Archbishop of Wales, said that the 58-year-old archdeacon was the unanimous choice of the Church’s Bench of Bishops.
But a number of clergy in the diocese have expressed anger over the decision, saying that their wishes had been ignored, and the majority of canons at Bangor cathedral have protested to the Archbishop.
Archdeacon Crockett, 58, who separated from his first wife in 1985 and remarried in 1999, said he was “shocked and amazed” when he was asked to take up the post.