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Life peerage for Richard Chartres

The Prime Minister announced the names of five new crossbench life peers on Thursday. The list inlcuded The Right Reverend and Right Honourable Richard Chartres, KCVO, DD – lately Bishop of London (1995 to 2017).

London diocesan website: Peerage for Bishop Richard announced
Archbishop of Canterbury: Archbishop welcomes crossbench peerage for Bishop Richard Chartres

English diocesan bishops, other than archbishops, are not normally created peers on retirement. Two who were are David Sheppard of Liverpool and Richard Harries of Oxford.

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Father David
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Father David

A well deserved ennoblement for the best ABC we never had. He’ll be a hard act to follow at London – a rare thing – a bishop with gravitas.

David Lamming
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David Lamming

I fully agree with Father David. One of the five new ennoblements is problematic, though, namely Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, former Metropolitan Police Commissioner, especially having regard to the excoriating report by Sir Richard Henriques on the disastrous Operation Midland – an operation that occurred on Hogan-Howe’s watch.

Erika Baker
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Erika Baker

Before I form an opinion on Richard Chartres, especially on whether he’s the best Archbishop we never had, can someone tell me about his voting record on women priests and bishops, and on lgbt inclusion?

Father David
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Father David

I am sure that Bishop Richard’s voting pattern on these issues were all thoroughly orthodox and fully in line with catholic doctrine. Praise God that such an authoritative voice as his will continue to be heard in the High Court of Parliament.

Erika Baker
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Erika Baker

Father David,
in which case I am hugely relieved that we did not have him as an Archbishop. In the House of Lords he can do less damage as he will be bound by the Equality Act.

Father David
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Father David

Thank God that we have the privilege of “Free Speech” in this land – even in the House of Lords.

Erika Baker
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Erika Baker

Oh yes, I’m glad that there is free speech.
But laws cannot contravene the Equality Act, with the exception of church opt-outs.

Richard Ashby
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Richard Ashby

I have read very recently that +Richard Chartres is very approving of the ordination and consecration of women but decided to ordain all deacons but no priests when at London in the interests of unity.

BS
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BS

As I recall Bishop Richard was very adept at absenting himself from various votes. His way of exercising free speech and gravitas is often to remain silent. Though he was one of nine non-retired bishops in the House of Lords to vote for the unsuccessful “wrecking amendment” to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill. [Five abstained, and all the rest were absent.] Also, he only ordained deacons. By never ordaining anyone priest, he was able to sidestep the question of whether he would or wouldn’t ordain women. I don’t quite understand in what sense the House of Lords is bound… Read more »

Grumpy High Churchwoman
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Father David
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Father David

Obviously the powers that be have seen something special in the former Bishop of London and wish to see him continue to contribute his wisdom and insight in a national setting within the House of Lords. It is a very rare honour for a diocesan bishop in retirement to be given such a privilege as membership of the Upper House. ABCs seem automatically to be ennobled on their retirement but I can only think of David Sheppard, formerly of Liverpool and Richard Harries, formerly of Oxford to be awarded this honour. David Hope the former ABY also has a seat… Read more »

Anthony Archer
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Anthony Archer

The complete failure of recent Governments to reform the House of Lords means that the status quo prevails for now with regard to the Lords Spiritual. Lord Hope was ennobled when he retired as ABY in 2005, but he retired from the Lords in 2015. The other senior Anglican bishop in the Lords is Lord Eames, former Archbishop of Armagh, a hugely active and much respected crossbench peer. Another church leader in the Lords is Baroness Richardson, former President of the Methodist Church, although she has not been active recently. I look forward to Bishop Chartres’ contributions but, if his… Read more »

Father David
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Father David

Of course, until his successor is appointed (whomsoever that may be?) Bishop Richard remains Dean of Her Majesty’s Chapels Royal. We wouldn’t want to let that post slip into the wrong hands, now would we?

BS
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BS

Given his acting successor’s publicly expressed views on the Royal Family https://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/nov/23/bishop-pete-broadbent-suspended-royal-wedding
I would imagine Bishop Richard will want to hang on to that role for the moment.

Thanks, Grumpy, for the prompt. Both Lord Carey and Lord Harries have recently spoken in the Lords, on important topics. Perhaps someone should set up a “they work for you” for the General Synod…

Graham Steel
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Graham Steel

Erika Baker may find it hard to analyse Richard Chartres’ voting record on womens’ ordination measures in the General Synod. This is simply because he was always, curiously, absent from the Synod chamber whenever voting took place. Inscrutable to the last…’Beloved.’ As for Richard Ashby’s recent reading material, I doubt it can be an authentic expression of the mind of Richard Chartres on the subject. That will remain a private matter between him and the Almighty.

DBD
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Re: the claim that Chartres did not ordain priests at all — rubbish. He ordained a handful of men as priests over the years (I know one of them personally, and I’m sure the Chimes archives would reveal the rest.)

Father David
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Father David

I see that the Bishop of Chelmsford has grown a sort of a beard. Is this in anticipation of a move next door to take over from another bearded one?