The Church of England chaplain to the Stock Exchange is facing disciplinary action after he called on his Web site for homosexuals to be tattooed with health warnings such as "fellatio kills" and "sodomy can seriously damage your health."
The Rev. Peter Mullen, a leading traditionalist who has campaigned for years for the restoration of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer to England's churches, also wrote some verse criticizing the recent gay blessing service that took place at the City church of St. Bartholomew the Great.
The gay rights group Stonewall said he should resign.
The Bishop of London, the Right Rev. Richard Chartres, described the comments as "highly offensive."
Mullen is one of the best-known clerical figures in the City but has for some time been courting controversy from the pulpit.
His latest comments came on his personal blog which he took down Monday after readers complained to Bishop Chartres about the nature of his comments.
Mullen, 66, wrote on his blog: “It is time that religious believers began to recommend... discouragements of homosexual practices after the style of warnings on cigarette packets. Let us make it obligatory for homosexuals to have their backsides tattooed with the slogan SODOMY CAN SERIOUSLY DAMAGE YOUR HEALTH and their chins with FELLATIO KILLS.”
Mullen, who is also rector of St. Sepulchre without Newgate in the City, also called for all gay pride parades to be outlawed. He described them as "obscene."