Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Bishop of Guildford to retire

The Bishop of Guildford, the Rt Revd Christopher Hill, announced today that he will retire in September.

Posted by Peter Owen on Tuesday, 28 May 2013 at 11:47pm BST | TrackBack
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This was the formal announcement, but Bishop Christopher told his diocese that he intended to retire in September two months ago during his sermon at the "Renewal of Ministries and Blessing of Oils" service in Guildford Cathedral on Maundy Thursday, 28 March 2013. He understood that Ladbroke's were opening a book on his retirement date and said that to "save anyone the canonical crime of such pecuniary speculation" he would settle a few rumours at once, adding "At the end of September, though I have not yet written the formal letters to the Queen and the Archbishop, I shall hope to see many of you here for a farewell celebration for my retirement."

Bishop Christopher's retirement provides yet further work in the in-tray of the CNC for 2014.

Posted by: David Lamming on Wednesday, 29 May 2013 at 12:03pm BST

So there are now 8 vacant diocesan sees to be filled in England: Manchester, Bath & Wells, Durham, Exeter, Liverpool, Hereford, Europe and Guildford.

That's 18% of the total number of full diocesan bishops to be newly appointed on Justin Welby's watch in the next few months. It will be surprising if the Dean of St Albans does not get one of these.

Posted by: badman on Thursday, 30 May 2013 at 11:48am BST

Re CNC, do we have the dates for these?

Posted by: Malcolm on Thursday, 30 May 2013 at 6:41pm BST

One thing can be certain - alas, none of the eight vacant dioceses will appoint a traditionalist, more's the pity ! Hopefully the Archbishop of York preaching at Walsingham will have witnessed the strength of the Catholic wing of the National Church.

Posted by: Father David on Thursday, 30 May 2013 at 9:52pm BST

David: 'He understood that Ladbroke's were opening a book on his retirement date and said that to "save anyone the canonical crime of such pecuniary speculation"...'

Bishop Christopher's little joke reminds me of something I've been wondering for a while: if a diocesan bishop fancies playing the stock market, can he grant himself a licence under section 11 of the Clergy (Ordination and Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure 1964?

Posted by: Feria on Friday, 31 May 2013 at 7:04pm BST

Feria —

I'm sorry to have to disappoint you. The bishop would be too late. Section 11 of the 1964 Measure (along with the Pluralities Act 1838 and the Trading Partnerships Act 1841 referred to in section 11) was repealed by the Statute Law (Repeals) Act 2004: see section 1 and Schedule 1, Part 6, Group 1.

Posted by: David Lamming on Saturday, 1 June 2013 at 9:45am BST

Well spotted, David. So I need to reword my question as follows:

If a diocesan bishop fancies playing the stock market, can he grant himself a licence under Canon C28 paragraph 2?

Posted by: Feria on Saturday, 1 June 2013 at 11:05am BST
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