Comments: St Albans gets a new bishop

It's good to see an unmarried Bishop promoted to the Diocese of Saint Albans. May Bishop Alan help the Church community to accept the viability of the ministry of single persons within the Church.

May he help every one of us to celebrate the ministry of all who are called into priesthood in the Church - married or single, female or male, gay or straight - for this ministry should be open to all those Baptized who are called by God to serve as Bishop, Priest or Deacon.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Tuesday, 13 January 2009 at 8:46pm GMT

I can think of a few people I would have preferred to be appointed...but it's selfish of me wanting to be rid of them isn't it?

Posted by dodgey_vicar at Tuesday, 13 January 2009 at 10:05pm GMT

Just finished reading his book 'God-shaped Mission', good stuff. It's encouraging to see people with a passion for mission being appointed to senior posts.

Posted by David Keen at Wednesday, 14 January 2009 at 7:57am GMT

Thank goodness, the Great High Priest of Evangelical Anglicanism is the unmarried and never married confirmed bachelor John Stott (88)...so the Sugden-Giddings alliance ( who blocked Jeffrey John,..because of the spineless Rowan) cannot demand only married men with children...yet.

Apparently there's virtually no chance if you want to be single and ordained in Sydney.

Posted by Robert Ian williams at Saturday, 17 January 2009 at 12:43pm GMT

"unmarried and never married confirmed bachelor John Stott"

It may not be appropriate, but this is something I didn't know, and puts a whole new slant on things.

Posted by Ford Elms at Monday, 19 January 2009 at 6:06pm GMT
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