The Church in Wales says it is investigating after a Gwynedd rector burnt some pages from the Bible.
The Reverend Geraint ap Iorwerth of St Peter ad Vincula Church, Pennal, also cut up pages from the King James Bible to create an artwork.
Unveiling it at a church event, he said it revealed a “cruel and vile God”.
The Bishop of Bangor said: “Destroying parts of the Bible we don’t like is disrespectful and will offend many people.”
Mr ap Iorwerth told BBC Wales he had burnt scraps of cut up the passages at the public event because he had been making a statement as part of an art experiment.
He said he had had nothing but support from people at the church near Machynlleth, close to the Gwynedd-Powys border…
The BBC has the rest here. And from the conclusion:
… The rector claimed “incredible” support from parishioners.
The Bishop of Bangor, Andy John, said destroying the Bible, or passages from it, would cause offence to many.
He said: “I have therefore written to the Reverend Geraint ap Iorwerth and will be investigating the matter further.
“There are parts of the Bible that we struggle to understand today because culturally our life is so far removed from that period in which the Bible was written.
“However, it is not given to us to pick and choose – sometimes the most challenging parts are those which we need to wrestle with most of all.”