Comments: appointing cathedral deans

This is a powerful case for the Crown retaining some juristiction over ecclesiastical appointments. We do not need to look back to the Reformation for seeing the merits of this system of checks and balances: the case of the Dean of St Albans is an instance where the Crown was able to right a very serious injustice meeted out by a dithering archbishop.

This unfortunately, is the same Archbishop who now seems bent on pushing ever more power into the hand of diocesans, if his recent Fort Worth communique is anything to go by.

Posted by John Omani at Sunday, 28 October 2007 at 12:35pm GMT

"If the Crown wants to repudiate its responsibility in this regard, some other method of appointing deans should be found, because deans have a community rather than a purely ecclesiastical function."
And surely parish clergy have a community rather than a purely ecclesiastical function - would the former deans wish them to be appointed by the state rather than by bishops?

Posted by Audrey at Tuesday, 30 October 2007 at 10:10pm GMT

I hope that whoever has the responsibility for deciding who is to become the new Dean of Lincoln will choose an out-going friendly person.

Apparently the present Dean after chairing his first meeting of a prominent organisation within the Cathedral asked who he should speak to and was told anyone.

Apparently he appears to only be interested in those with money!

A very strange action by the present Dean was to move the Deanery from the buuilding where it had been for hundreds of years to a buuilding where he could do more enteertaining!

Posted by John Ketteringham at Friday, 27 November 2015 at 9:06am GMT
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