Comments: from the National Archives

Now that the Prime Minister has relinquished all say in these matters, I wonder how history will judge the episcopal appointments of this age, made by a church committee.

Of course, 'history' may have ceased to notice such things.

Posted by Lister Tonge at Sunday, 18 January 2009 at 5:54pm GMT

Well, the State authorities in this instance seem not to have made a bad choice - at least with Arthur Michael Ramsey as Archbishop of Canterbury.
The question is: Can the Holy Spirit work through the recommendations of the politicians?

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Monday, 19 January 2009 at 9:57am GMT

Lord Salisbury appointed thirty-eight Diocesan Bishops during his period of office as Prime Minister. Andrew Roberts, his biographer, writes that Salisbury said '...that the English clergy could be divided into two mutually exclusive categories: those who were fit to be made bishops but unwilling, and those who were willing but unfit.'.

Salisbury himself said: 'That a man has become a Bishop shows that he knows how to get on in the world, and to recommend himself to those above him.'

plus ├ža change.

Posted by toby forward at Monday, 19 January 2009 at 10:21am GMT
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