Comments: Peter Hancock to be Bishop of Bath and Wells

It seems to me that this new system of interviewing prospective candidates for diocesan and suffragan posts seems to be erring on the side of caution and offering bishoprics to those who can perhaps be described as a safe pair of hands. With the Church of England currently being in the words of one former Archbishop - one generation away from extinction - we need a more dynamic leadership than that which is currently forthcoming. Where are the seers, the visionaries, the prophets, the eccentrics, the characters? Let's hope that the next batch of episcopal appointments prove to be more exciting, soul stirring and dynamic.

Posted by Father David at Wednesday, 11 December 2013 at 7:55am GMT

Well as far as Bath and Wells are concerned, they are blessed with a fine new bishop. Caring, thoughtful, holy, with a deep heart for mission. He is outward looking and honours the structures. As a priest you know he is interested in you and doesn't stand for any nonsense. He's not an eccentric or a character in that way, but he is not a safe pair of hands, although Bath and Wells will feel safe with him. God Bless Bishop Peter in his new ministry.

Posted by Tim S at Wednesday, 11 December 2013 at 10:47am GMT
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