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Anglican Vicar Sacked for Conducting Baptism in Boxers

An Anglican Church vicar has been sacked for touching a woman and her daughter without their consent and stripping to his boxers to conduct a ‘full immersion’ baptism.

Reverend Clive Evans, 62, touched the bottoms of a woman and a girl in what his diocese called ‘unbecoming’ conduct.

The tribunal handling the matter detailed that Evans, the Vicar of Bromyard and Stoke Lacy in Herefordshire in England “engaged in conduct unbecoming or inappropriate to the office and work of a clerk in Holy Orders”

The tribunal heard that Evans was initially reluctant to perform the baptism in 2017 as he was due to go away on holiday with his wife. 

An example of immersion baptism. PHOTO | COURTESY


The panel, which heard evidence in December 2021, stated: 

“Reverend Evans gave evidence that he finished his breakfast and did his packing before leaving (to conduct the baptism).

However, the tribunal was unconvinced with the vicar’s decision to don boxer shorts during the baptism as there was ‘ample opportunity’ for the priest to consider what would be appropriate attire for the service.

“The panel considers that underwear is intimate apparel,’” it added.

“There was no extreme urgency which might conceivably be imagined to justify a state of semi-nakedness and public display of underwear.”

The panel removed Reverend Evans from office and prohibited him from priestly duties for six months.

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Reverend Evans will be required to complete training courses relating to safeguarding, appropriate working and pastoral boundaries before any reconsideration.

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