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Bishops' Office and Working Costs

The Church of England has announced the publication of Bishops’ office and working costs for 2009.

Bishops’ office and working costs published
28 October 2010

The 2009 office and working costs of bishops in the Church of England are published today. Figures for individual bishops were first published, for the year 2000, in December 2001. Bishops’ office and working costs were previously published as a total figure.

Bishops’ office and working costs for the year ended 31 December 2009 are published on the Church of England website.

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The report includes a full description of the important role played by bishops locally, regionally and nationally.

The 113 diocesan and suffragan bishops of the Church of England institute and support the ministry of all clergy and lay ministers in their dioceses, as well as providing pastoral support to them. Each diocesan bishop has ultimate oversight of several hundred clergy, Readers and lay workers and of a diocesan budget and portfolio of assets. In addition to diocesan responsibilities, such as ordinations and diocesan festivals, and engaging with the communities which they serve, bishops often chair or serve on national and international Church boards and councils, as well as large charities, special commissions or public inquiries. They are involved in the growing work towards visible unity with other denominations both nationally and internationally and in work with other faiths.

Twenty-six diocesan bishops sit in the House of Lords: at least one is present every day and others will attend according to the subjects under debate that day. The Bishop of Sodor & Man sits in the Tynwald.

The webpage also includes links to costs for previous years back to 2000.

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“The 113 diocesan and suffragan bishops of the Church of England institute and support the ministry of all clergy and lay ministers in their dioceses, as well as providing pastoral support to them.”

well, up to a point, if the clergy are straight and male, but possibly not if they are gay or female, depending upon the bishop…

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“well, up to a point, if the clergy are straight and male, but possibly not if they are gay or female, depending upon the bishop…” Fr Mark

Exactly – the idea that homophobic bishops provide pastoral support to gay clergy is a joke.

Upon discovering that my partner (a clergyman) is gay, the Diocesan bishop blanked him completely until his (the Bishop’s) retirement last year. Yes, blanked him – as in pretending not to know him in the street.

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“Exactly – the idea that homophobic bishops provide pastoral support to gay clergy is a joke. – Anonymous, on Thursday – Anynymous has a vaild point here. While there are still bishops who act in homophobic ways with their clergy, the Anglican Church is actually not living up to the Lambeth Conference which has declared the homosexuals are part of the human race, deserving of respect. The very fact that your correspondent has to declare him/herself ‘anonymous’ says it all. If Section 4 of the new Covenant is going to be supported by such bishops, then heaven help the Church… Read more »

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So sorry A’s partner suffered that – not nice for A. either.

That man ceased to be a bishop for that minister, for that couple. Mere outward ordination achieves nothing without the inward spirit of ministry which is spirit of love.

wearing your collar back to front does not a bishop (or any other ministry) make