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Priest bashed for having tattoos gets new ink representing God’s protection

by Tola Mbakwe
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Canterbury Cathedral

A priest who was in the centre of a social media storm due to having tattoos covering her arms, has revealed a new tattoo of a feather, signifying “God's protection”.

In July, the Archbishop of Canterbury defended Rev Wendy Dalrymple after a photo shared by her husband led to intense criticism of her appearance and faith. 

At the time, she was an incoming precentor and residentiary canon designate for Canterbury Cathedral.

Rev Dalrymple blamed it on misogyny and said she wouldn’t have received the same treatment if she were a man.

Very Rev Dr David Monteith, Dean of Canterbury Cathedral, also came to her defence, and pledged to "root out" the misogyny she had experienced.

Rev Dalrymple told BBC News should would be happy for visitors to the cathedral to ask her about her tattoos.

"They can be a real conversation piece and often people have tattoos that tell stories, as mine do," she said.

She added: "Everyone is different and it doesn't matter what you look like, what clothes you wear, inked or not inked, dreads, no dreads, piercings, no body piercings.

"Whoever you are, whatever background you are from, you are welcome in Canterbury Cathedral.

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