Vicar fell foul of some of his flock after trying to enforce a ban on excessive alcohol consumption.
A liberal vicar dubbed ”The Cyber-Priest” was bullied out of his parish after just nine months in the job when he unearthed a culture of binge drinking among his congregation.
Newly appointed Fr Simon Tibbs, 41, fell foul of traditional elements of his flock after he tried to enforce a ban on excessive alcohol consumption by ”unchristian” worshippers who were said to be treating the church ”like a social club”.
Those enraged by the Church of England cleric’s crackdown, plus his sacking of a Sunday School teacher, began a whispering campaign against the vicar.
They called for others to demand Fr Simon quit as ”Priest-in-charge” of St Faith’s church in Crosby, in Liverpool where the late former Achbishop of Canterbury Dr Robert Runcie was a once member of the congregation.
One parishioner claimed Fr Simon was “not blessed with skills to develop relationships” and said the vicar “upset several parishioners” over his dismissal of the Sunday School teacher.
Last September Fr Simon stepped aside from his post and a retired bishop began an ”Episcopal Visitation” into claims of “serious relationship difficulties” between the vicar and his worshippers.
Today, a report by the Rt Rev Stephen Lowe blamed a mysterious unnamed ”inner circle” which turned against Fr Simon after he challenged their after-service drinking.
Bishop Stephen described its findings as “disturbing and distressing” and the report has now led to calls for a ”new fire to be kindled” at the church…