This prompted a response from one internet blogger who might be said to represent the ‘traditionalists’ within the Church of England.‘This is the sort of spectacle traditional Anglicans feared when they allowed the ordination of women,’ the blogger wrote.

Her parishioners say she is hard- working and committed, and as Rev Hitchiner says on her Twitter profile: ‘She loves many things: God, anthropology, The West Wing, good food with good friends, mostly God though . .’For the past six months, she has held the post of co-ordinating Anglican Chaplain and inter-faith adviser at Brunel University in Uxbridge, West London.

Before that she was the vicar at St John’s Church in West Ealing.

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Rev Hitchiner says she was ‘shocked’ and ‘sad’, but adds that the issue has become an ‘unstoppable train. She gave a sermon to mark the beginning of Advent at St John’s Church in Central London, then returned in the evening for a carol service clad in traditional vestments and platform heels.

(not a complete list) of Broken Rites cases involving Catholic clergy and religious Brothers in Australia.Rev Hitchiner lives in West London and prefers to keep her private life private.It is not known if she is in a relationship; she has no children: ‘I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing if I’d had children.She studied theology at Oxford University and was ordained in 2009.As an ordinand (a priest in training), she spent two months shadowing the future Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, when he was a canon at Coventry Cathedral.She has her own theory on this: ‘There is that perception that religion is in a box with everything middle-aged and that everything else is in another box; or (as far as the clergy goes) that God is interested only in middle-aged men.