Comments: Yorkshire Dioceses: Formal consultation begins

I think a Diocese of Leeds is a very good idea indeed - but I think that the number of Cathedrals needs reducing - Bradford should go back to being a pro-cathedral as should Wakefield. Ripon should be the Cathedral of the diocese and LPC should be a pro-cathedral. More savings to be made by down-grading in those areas.

Posted by JeremyP at Thursday, 3 November 2011 at 12:11pm GMT

Is it just me or are they treating pro-cathedrals as something completely different? Surely there can be many pro-cathedrals but only one cathedral, where the actual throne is...

Posted by Fr James at Thursday, 3 November 2011 at 5:57pm GMT

Not a good idea for those of us who live in north Yorkshire. We have little in common with West Yorkshire. i would much rather be in York Docese.
I do not think these changes will add anything to the mission of the Church. That is a complete nonsense.

i suppose this will go ahead. Ripon should be the cathedral. it is by far the best building. a diocese needs one cathedral.

Posted by Michael Saunders at Saturday, 5 November 2011 at 3:17pm GMT

There is good precedent in Yorkshire for subsidiary cathedrals. Ripon itself, together with Southwell and Beverley, served as a "bishopstool" during the Middle Ages - a subsidiary cathedral to York. Indeed, Southwell had certain privileges as though it were a full cathedral. and the seat in Choir which would normally have been the Dean's was and is the seat of the (arch)bishop. There seems to be something of a fashion for declaring old major parish churches to be Minsters: maybe Bradford and Wakefield can be Collegiate Minsters.

Posted by cryptogram at Saturday, 5 November 2011 at 5:06pm GMT

You cannot, logically, 'reduce the number of Cathedrals'. Perhaps, though, with a reduction in the number of Bishops to cover the area, it would not be against the grain to have a portable 'sedia gestatoria' to be used in each of the buildings in turn, to accommodate the Diocesan Bishop on his/her rounds of the new Diocese?

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Sunday, 6 November 2011 at 10:29am GMT
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