Comments: Dean of St Paul's to resign

It is with a very sad heart I read of the rsignation of the Dean of St Pauls. Theyt are all very much in our prayers, and I for one wish to record my gratitude to his ministry, and the welcome he always gave us. I wish the Dean, and his wife Susan every Blessing in the future, and love and prayers to the remaining Chapter.

Posted by Fr John Harris-White at Monday, 31 October 2011 at 3:17pm GMT

In the middle of all this, has anyone noticed that Andrew Nunn (Sub-Dean of Southwark) has been appointed Dean of Southwark; announced yesterday in the Cathedral as an appointment by the Bishop of Southwark - I thought Cathedral Deaneries were Downing Street / Crown appointments and should at least be jointly announced as such?

Posted by peter kettle at Monday, 31 October 2011 at 3:43pm GMT

The Archbishop of Canterbury should take a good look at his handlers. Rowan's hallmark has become that of a "too little, too late" pattern. His silence on so many important issues at various times seems to have become his standard practice. This is not working and I wonder what the Archbishop's handlers have to do with his slow or silent responses. I suspect a great many lost opportunities, due to perhaps, Rowan's PR people.

Posted by Chris Smith at Monday, 31 October 2011 at 3:53pm GMT

Well, this at least, with Giles Fraser's resignation, unlike that particular female protester whose faith has been diminished by the brouhaha issuing from those in charge at St Paul's, has strengthened my faith and enlivened attendance at my local church. Giles Fraser, and by extension, OccupyLSX were mentioned positively in yesterday's sermon, by our female assistant priest. Unfortunately, our male Rev. was all flippancy and declared ignorance. I wonder whether this kind of dichotomy has been observed elsewhere? I think we should be glad to have been vouchsafed this particular touchstone by those protesting, and it may even give all those who roll up to the parish communion in rather large, new and expensive cars some food for thought, and the ability to forsake public piety for something more essential.

Posted by Achilles at Monday, 31 October 2011 at 4:09pm GMT

Peter, on this occasion - and it's either because Southwark is a parish church Cathedral or because Colin Slee died in office, I'm not sure which - the appointment is the Bishop of Southwark's to make, not the Crown's. An appointment panel was established in the diocese and the appointment made by open competition.

Posted by Simon Butler at Monday, 31 October 2011 at 6:38pm GMT

Southwark patronage, according the Cathedral website

Our Patron: The Bishop The Cathedral Dean & Chapter alternately

Posted by John Roch at Monday, 31 October 2011 at 7:12pm GMT

The Deans of the ancient cathedrals are Crown appointments. The Deans of parish church cathedrals, who are legally the incumbent of the parish church are legally filled in the normal way -- these latter clergy were until quite recently known as Provosts to mark the distinction. In practice the both types of appointment are made by a panel with job specs, and advertisement, applications, and interviews. In the Crown appointment case the selected name goes to the Abp, thence to the PM who recommends it to the Crown, and then the announcement is made from Downing Street. Otherwise, once the candidate has been selected it can be announced by the diocesan bishop.

Posted by Simon Kershaw at Tuesday, 1 November 2011 at 7:35am GMT
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