Comments: Two area bishops appointed in Southwark diocese

Good appointments: have known them both for yonks. Nice mixture of holiness, intelligence, sensitivity, wisdom, sense of humour.

Posted by Joe at Friday, 3 February 2012 at 10:06am GMT

Why couldn't they have left one position vacant and waited for the women vote!

The first woman bishop will probablly be an assistant bishop, as is the case in Australia.

Posted by Robert ian Williams at Friday, 3 February 2012 at 8:58pm GMT

Both great priests. Good news for Southwark.

Posted by Giles Fraser at Friday, 3 February 2012 at 10:12pm GMT

Why do you think the 1st female bishop would not be a diocesan. Surely the Dean of Leicester could be appointed to the Cathedra in that same cathedral and surely the present occupant's retirement could be timed appropriately.

Posted by Rose at Friday, 3 February 2012 at 10:35pm GMT

Perhaps the first woman ordained to the episcopate in the Church of England will fill the Throne of Canterbury as the first woman Archbishop of Canterbury.

Posted by Chris Smith at Saturday, 4 February 2012 at 4:33am GMT

Good for 'Affirming Catholics', I should think, with Fr.Jonathan's perferment. Surely good news, too, for Southwark that Archdeacon Michael is also to be 'bishopped'.

"God is working His purpose out as year succeeds to year". Alleluia! Congratulations, both!

Posted by Father ron Smith at Saturday, 4 February 2012 at 6:28pm GMT
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