Judge must decide on priests’ employment status

A former rector, the Revd Mark Sharpe, will have to wait up to three months before he finds out whether he can bring a case of constructive dismissal against the Bishop and diocese of Worcester.

The chairman of an employment tribunal, A. J. McCarry, told Mr Sharpe at the end of a five-day preliminary hearing in Birmingham last week that he was “constrained to get decisions out within three months, and it may be close to that.