Comments: Christine Wilson to be next Dean of Lincoln

Good news! Another senior member of the Lincoln diocesan team who will Definitely Not Be Called Chris. :D

Posted by DBD at Friday, 27 May 2016 at 10:52pm BST

My word, a lady Dean at Lincoln, I wonder what Canon David Rutter would have made of that? I think that this latest announcement brings the tally of female deans up to eight, six in the Southern Province and two in the North. I note that the present Dean of Canterbury is soon to reach his Biblical span and compulsory C of E retiring age. I wonder who will succeed him and take charge of the Mother Church of the Anglican Communion, the cathedral which George Belll so wonderfully revived when he was Dean of Canterbury?

Posted by Father David at Saturday, 28 May 2016 at 9:30am BST

Another ‘innovation’ is that she would appear to be the first dean since the fourteenth century to lack either a degree and/or a university education (see http://www.british-history.ac.uk/fasti-ecclesiae/1300-1541/vol1/pp3-4, although the educational status of several fourteenth century deans is obscure: they may well have attended a university, but they do not appear in A. B. Emden’s biographical registers or in the Venns’ ‘Alumni Cantabridgienses’.

Though all this matters scarcely at all, of course: best wishes to her in her new ministry.

Posted by Froghole at Saturday, 28 May 2016 at 12:09pm BST
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