Comments: Secretary General William Fittall To Step Down

What a changed Church William Fittall leaves to the one he inherited when becoming General Secretary in 2002. The biggest change being, of course, the introduction of women bishops but that is not the only change. In 2002 the 5 senior bishoprics were held by those who were Catholic or broadly Catholic (Williams, Hope, Chartres and Scott-Joynt) with Turnbull at Durham being the only Evangelical. Now in 2015 there is only One Catholic among the top five - the same Chartres; with Canterbury, York, Durham and Winchester all currently being held by Evangelicals. Will a Traditionalist Catholic ever again in future be appointed to one of these five top senior positions?

Posted by Father David at Thursday, 26 February 2015 at 9:23am GMT

I am quite sure Catholic or broadly Catholic and perhaps even Traditionalist Catholic bishops will return. The present regime thinks - or has persuaded itself - that it can successfully mission. It can't - and this will be completely apparent within, say, five years (and let's not forget that Welby has a short attention span). The church will then return to people of real theological depth, who really have the equipment to meet the challenge - as the present lot do not.

Posted by John at Friday, 27 February 2015 at 8:59am GMT

I'd like to share your confidence John and, of course, hope is the last thing in Pandora's Box!
Actually, apart from one or two gaffs, Archbishop Welby has been better treated by the Press than any of his immediate three predecessors ever were - Archbishops Runcie, Carey and Williams. He certainly enjoyed a relatively long Honeymoon period. I, like you, would like to see greater theological depth on the Bench of Bishops but I do see hope in the aspiration to increase the number of ordinations by 50%. Whether this aspiration becomes a reality only time and the Call of God will tell.

Posted by Father David at Friday, 27 February 2015 at 12:33pm GMT
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