Comments: CofE Announces new Secretary General

Stand by for endless "Bill Nye the Science Guy" jokes! ;-/

Posted by JCF at Wednesday, 10 June 2015 at 11:30am BST

"Mr. Nye, 49, is a long serving and active member of the Church of England..." Come on, C of E Comms Unit! The C of E is not a membership organisation - and you cannot be a member of it. Yet another sign, I fear, of the creeping congregationalism of our Church and the way the senior leadership collude with it. This drawing lines of 'membership' is deeply at odds with our ecclesiology - and the mission potential it is supposed to serve.

Posted by James A at Wednesday, 10 June 2015 at 12:14pm BST

Marking makes me bilious but I'm sure I'd anyway find the tone of this announcement emetic. How smug and self-satisfied is our Establishment!

Posted by John at Wednesday, 10 June 2015 at 2:26pm BST

Another ex civil service bod.... Have I missed something or is the church simply an arm of central govt

Posted by M at Thursday, 11 June 2015 at 12:17am BST

Its funny they haven't put down whether he is married and has children or not..they always do that with bishops.

However what are the betting stakes that he is sound on SSM?

Posted by Robert ian Williams at Thursday, 11 June 2015 at 6:41am BST

M, of course the Church of England is an arm of central government. That's its history and the ultimate decider of all things churchy

Posted by joseph Golightly at Thursday, 11 June 2015 at 1:45pm BST

This looks a good appointment. It is no surprise that once again the post has been filled by a Whitehall civil servant and, in William Nye's case, also a royal courtier of four years. Many will see him in the Mawer/Fittall mould and wonder why the appointment panel did not go for someone with a different background. The answer is that they probably had a diverse shortlist (I hope it contained women) but that Nye had the best balance of skills and experience. The Secretary-General spends much of his time overseeing the drafting of myriad papers, liaising with Lambeth, the Royal Household, Downing Street from time to time, the Anglican Communion Office, helping the House of Bishops arrive at a consensus (some task) and effectively overseeing the General Synod (with the assistance of the Clerk). The role also involves running the Archbishops' Council, a body now some 16 years old and still only a teenager. It is a nightmare job and needs steel, intellect and a robust constitution. Frankly the Church of England is most fortunate to be able to attract people of this calibre. It was always said that Sir Philip Mawer sacrificed the opportunity to become a Permanent Secretary, and probably William Fittall as well. I wish him well.

Posted by Anthony Archer at Thursday, 11 June 2015 at 8:57pm BST

William will do great justice to the post the Church of England will benefit greatly from his calm dignified personable able manner and efficiency.

Posted by margaret morrissey at Friday, 12 June 2015 at 8:12pm BST
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