Comments: Bishops' Office and Working Costs

"The 113 diocesan and suffragan bishops of the Church of England institute and support the ministry of all clergy and lay ministers in their dioceses, as well as providing pastoral support to them."

well, up to a point, if the clergy are straight and male, but possibly not if they are gay or female, depending upon the bishop...

Posted by Fr Mark at Thursday, 28 October 2010 at 3:14pm BST

"well, up to a point, if the clergy are straight and male, but possibly not if they are gay or female, depending upon the bishop..." Fr Mark

Exactly - the idea that homophobic bishops provide pastoral support to gay clergy is a joke.

Upon discovering that my partner (a clergyman) is gay, the Diocesan bishop blanked him completely until his (the Bishop's) retirement last year. Yes, blanked him - as in pretending not to know him in the street.

Posted by Anonymous at Thursday, 28 October 2010 at 7:44pm BST

"Exactly - the idea that homophobic bishops provide pastoral support to gay clergy is a joke.

- Anonymous, on Thursday -

Anynymous has a vaild point here. While there are still bishops who act in homophobic ways with their clergy, the Anglican Church is actually not living up to the Lambeth Conference which has declared the homosexuals are part of the human race, deserving of respect.

The very fact that your correspondent has to declare him/herself 'anonymous' says it all.

If Section 4 of the new Covenant is going to be supported by such bishops, then heaven help the Church of the future if it is ever brought into
being. The Church of England may just have to *go it alone*, because several Provinces will simply not countenenace homosphobia and misogyny.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Friday, 29 October 2010 at 9:15am BST

So sorry A's partner suffered that - not nice for A. either.

That man ceased to be a bishop for that minister, for that couple. Mere outward ordination achieves nothing without the inward spirit of ministry which is spirit of love.

wearing your collar back to front does not a bishop (or any other ministry) make

Posted by Laurence Roberts at Friday, 29 October 2010 at 2:33pm BST
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