Comments: Yorkshire dioceses respond to merger proposals

If a group of dioceses are to be merged, it is surely a wholly unnecessary attack on local sensitivities, to name the new diocese for one of those already existing.
I am sure that a satisfactory geographic name incorporating the whole of the new area, would not be beyond the powers of even a rudimentary power of reasoning.

Posted by Chris Baker at Thursday, 10 March 2011 at 11:20am GMT

The urban center of the proposed new diocese is the Leeds/ Bradford area. The proposals from Leeds and Ripon thus have merit. Leeds is the logical center. Wakefield is on the very edge of the proposed diocese and has little to do with the rest of the area. It is a small insular catholic island. This scheme does little to further mission. It would be better to merge the Huddersfield and Bradford areas and have a separate diocese for Leeds. Ripon may be better served as part of York with which it has much in common.

Posted by David at Sunday, 13 March 2011 at 8:54am GMT
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