Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Retiring Bishops

As well as the Bishop of Liverpool, another diocesan bishop has announced his retirement this month. This is Michael Langrish, the Bishop of Exeter, whose announcement came on 6 January.

Exeter and Liverpool therefore join the queue of dioceses (behind Blackburn, Manchester, Durham, and Bath & Wells) awaiting consideration by the Crown Nominations Commission. In addition, if and when reorganisation of the three West Yorkshire dioceses is finally agreed, the new diocese will also have to join the queue. There is only one unallocated slot in the CNC’s programme for 2013, so at least one out of Exeter and Liverpool will have to wait twelve months or more for their new bishop to be chosen, and then probably several more months before he actually takes up his post.

I maintain a list of vacant diocesan sees.

Suffragan bishops also announce their retirements, most recently Christopher Morgan, the Bishop of Colchester, and I keep a list here.

Posted by Peter Owen on Wednesday, 30 January 2013 at 9:40pm GMT | TrackBack
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Plenty of scope and time scale for appointing the first women bishops for the C of E.

The days of festina lente are over.

Posted by: Laurence Roberts on Thursday, 31 January 2013 at 1:04am GMT

I see that a bishop is so crucial to the life of a diocese that one can manage quite happily without one for over a year! But how will they cope without a 'focus for unity'?

Posted by: Laurence Cunnington on Thursday, 31 January 2013 at 9:14am GMT

We could expect another suffragan retirement i.e. +Edmonton.

He turns 65 this year and has been thinking about it

Posted by: J Nesbitt on Thursday, 31 January 2013 at 9:55am GMT

Indeed - Laurence how will they cope without a "focus for unity". Perhaps the Lord Jesus Christ may well step in to fill the gap acting as such a focus - if that were to happen - expect great things.

Posted by: Father David on Thursday, 31 January 2013 at 11:48am GMT

Laurence: The same is true of vicars! Many parishes thrive during an interregnum.

Posted by: Stephen Morgan on Thursday, 31 January 2013 at 1:59pm GMT

Fr David, the Lord Jesus Christ would never be appointed to any position in the Church of England. Just think of the mayhem that would ensue if he started all that breaking down barriers and welcoming the untouchables stuff; and as for confronting the self importance of the religious leaders of the day - well!

Posted by: Disgraced of NZ on Thursday, 31 January 2013 at 7:29pm GMT

A conservative evangelical must stand a chance in one of these! It's only just and fair!

Posted by: Bob Marsden on Thursday, 31 January 2013 at 10:28pm GMT

"Archbishop Patrick Kelly was paying tribute to his Anglican counterpart, James Jones, who has announced he is to retire in the summer. This was no bland paragraph of well-wishing. He wrote: 'James was for me a Father in God, priest through, with and in Our Lord, and a bearer of the consolation who is the Holy Spirit'. Bishop James had been one of his first visitors in hospital after he suffered a slight stroke in December, and Archbishop Kelly said that through talking and praying with him he felt a 'serenity, clarity and deep peace and even joy' about the decision he had been able to come to: 'to request to set aside my pastoral ministry as Archbishop of Liverpool'.

"This is ecumenism made real, in a way any believer can take part in, not codified in a theological declaration outsourced to experts. How better than to understand another's traditions than to encounter them first-hand? How better to understand the struggles particular to a different tradition - or that turn out to be identical to those of your own?"

This excerpt from THE TABLET blog -

- is both a tribute to a friend and a lesson for us all.

Posted by: Sister Mary on Friday, 1 February 2013 at 6:33am GMT

Perhaps, if the Church would consider 'retiring' the Episcopi Vagantes (Flying Bishops), there might be more room for the Women Bishops who deserve some encouragement in the Church of England.

Posted by: Father Ron Smith on Friday, 1 February 2013 at 7:24am GMT
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