Comments: opinion

Others on the CofE Newspaper website have responded to Rod Thomas's article, noting certain shortcomings in Wally Benn's golden age as bishop of Lewes, including the clergy discipline measures, but Rod's moan about not enough Reformistas being appointed bishops highlights some conservative evangelicals' hypocrisy.
They have a pretty ambivalent attitude towards bishops: agreeing with those they agree with and ignoring (and sometimes insulting) those who don't share their particular views. Remember the refusal to allow Rowan to preach at the NEAC conference because he might infect his hearers with error?
If you think you should ignore bishops in an episcopal church, perhaps you should be somewhere else. A large parish church in a prosperous town in the diocese of Rochester is currently not paying its parish share (£150,000) but it still wants to have a large say in appointing diocesan bishops. A little more collegiality and a little less congregationalism - and a little more love and compassion and a little less disdain and bluster - might serve Reform's cause better.

Posted by Stephen Bates at Sunday, 9 September 2012 at 10:43am BST

I'd forgotten how elegantly Baden Hickman could write. He was my predecessor in the diocese of Manchester and his press releases were absolute works of art ...

Posted by Jonathan Jennings at Monday, 10 September 2012 at 1:06pm BST

I am sure that many of us are very curious to know why this encomium to Bp Benn has appeard at this time. As has been pointed out, even if the article was written before the publication of the interim report in to the Diocese the facts about the CDM and other issues relating to Bp Benn and child protection are common knowledge. Is this the start of a whitewash or is someone trying to re-write history.

What is also interesting is that after a week there is still no contribution in the Bp's defence or reponse to my and the other postings under the CEN report

Posted by Richard Ashby at Monday, 10 September 2012 at 2:23pm BST
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