Comments: proposed new diocese for West Yorkshire

Again, the lack of comments demonstrates that this matter is uncontroversial to TA readers.

I am interested, but completely uninformed, from my perspective in the antipodes. I wonder if anyone rather closer to these events can provide some elucidation.

In March, Tim Moore asked the question: Why has Wakefield voted against? No one seemed able or willing to provide an explanation.

Presumably there are strong local considerations behind two dioceses (three if we include Blackburn) voting in favour by large majorities, and one fairly strongly voting against. I wonder if these local considerations are part of the problem that the scheme is designed to address.

Does Wakefield's opposition effectively veto the scheme, or should we expect that it will proceed against their opposition? Which way do we expect ++Sentamu to decide?

Does anyone know?
Should anyone (outside of West Yorkshire) care?

Posted by Edward Prebble at Wednesday, 17 April 2013 at 9:56pm BST

Prayers for the people and churches of West Yorkshire.

Posted by Jeremy at Friday, 19 April 2013 at 2:03am BST

I cannot answer Edward's question about why Wakefield voted against, but I do need to point out that a significant portion (most of the land area, certainly) of one of the dioceses that has voted in favour of the plan, namely Ripon and Leeds, is NOT within the boundaries of the County of West Yorkshire at all. The current Archdeaconry of Richmond is situated mainly (if not wholly) within the boundaries of the County of North Yorkshire.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento at Saturday, 20 April 2013 at 9:13am BST
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