Former Anglican Bishop John Gray stripped of title

An Anglican bishop in New Zealand who offended Jews and Muslims last month has lost his episcopal title.

Former Bishop John Gray shocked visiting Jews in Christchurch last month when he told them the Holocaust “should have taught you a lesson”.

Gray, who was head of the Maori Anglican diocese in the South Island, also attacked Muslim speakers.

He asked what they were doing about the “slaughter of innocent people” by Muslims “under the banner of ISIS and al Qaeda”.

The Anglican Church apologised and Gray was demoted from his role as vicar general to Maori Anglican Diocese in Aotearoa.

He initially retained his title of bishop.

Now he has lost that title, a much more serious demotion.

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