Comments: Suffragan sees of Ripon and Wakefield

Perfect - two former Suffragan Sees now in abeyance - just right to be filled by two Northern Provincial Flying Bishops - one to care for Conservative Evangelicals and the other to look after future Church Plants.

Posted by Father David at Wednesday, 25 March 2015 at 6:00am GMT

No, Fr David. Both these sees are occupied, all that has happened is that their names have been changed.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento at Wednesday, 25 March 2015 at 9:18am GMT

Simon, does that also mean that the See of Lindisfarne is still occupied only that its name has been changed to Nucassel via Durham?

Posted by Father David at Wednesday, 25 March 2015 at 9:31am GMT

David, there are five (if I am not mistaken) such Sees anyway: Berwick, Barrow, Hulme, Richmond and Whalley (

Posted by DBD at Wednesday, 25 March 2015 at 9:49am GMT

Presumably, in the future, 'suffragan' sees will be reserved for female bishops - in order to avoid the 'problem' of a woman diocesan? Or will the church of England consider opening up substantive Sees for Women Bishops?

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Wednesday, 25 March 2015 at 10:44pm GMT

Well! That was quick. I never expected to see a woman appointed as a Diocesan Bishop so soon. Mind you, another Evangelical, This must suit the Abps.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Friday, 27 March 2015 at 11:05am GMT
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