Comments: Statement from the Church Commissioners on Wells Palace

Claptrap. The Commissioners have spoken so you nice people just shut up!

Posted by Joseph Golightly at Thursday, 27 February 2014 at 4:21pm GMT

Selling off the family silver. Most of the rectories and vicarages have been flogged off and now the episcopal palaces are going the same way.

Posted by Father David at Thursday, 27 February 2014 at 6:08pm GMT

That hard-earned family silver, we do so desperately need it to get through the eye of the needle. Anyway, the Palace isn't being sold, it'll continue as a workplace.

Lambeth Palace has 4 members of the chemin neuf community living in, maybe if the palace in Wells did something similar that would be a win-win: maintain a heart of prayer without the bishop having to live in a tourist site.

Posted by David Keen at Thursday, 27 February 2014 at 8:23pm GMT

Stage One - Home and Work Place for the Bishop
Stage Two - Work Place for the Bishop
Stage Three - For Sale

Posted by Father David at Friday, 28 February 2014 at 8:28am GMT

This decision - to re-house the Bishop of Bath and Wells in another, less prestigious, building than the Palace at Wells - chimes in well with the like decision of Pope Francis to live in the guest-house of Saint Martha at the Vatican.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Friday, 28 February 2014 at 10:32pm GMT

I see no signs yet that Pope Francis has started to flog off the Vatican's Family silver!

Posted by Father David at Saturday, 1 March 2014 at 7:41am GMT

Fr Ron,
The Church Commisioners have bought a £1 million Georgian former vicarage for the Bishop. It's hardly a modest dwelling by any one's standards.

Posted by Richard Ashby at Saturday, 1 March 2014 at 8:40am GMT

The question here, Richard, might be: is revenue earned by the Palace earning more than that required for the purchase and retention of the Bishop's new digs - is there a significant saving?

If not, why is the diocese bothering?

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Saturday, 1 March 2014 at 11:55pm GMT

I think you are missing the point here. A diocese has no control over the housing of a diocesan bishop. The Church Commissioners are wholly responsible for this.

See the latest statement by the diocese, complaining about the decision of the commissioners,
Diocesan response to Church Commissioners' decision

Posted by Simon Sarmiento at Sunday, 2 March 2014 at 7:20am GMT

Thank you, Simon. After reading the relevant statements - from the Church commissioners and the diocesan response - one wonders why the diocesan authorities were not in on the prior discussions. However, pragmatism would seem to be the watchword.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Monday, 3 March 2014 at 8:02am GMT
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