The Newcastle diocesan link doesn't work.
Preparing for the push back into Scotland, I assume.
OCF = Officiating Chaplain to the Military. It is a civilian, part-time role providing support at a local level.
This thread has been completely overshadowed by later developments. But, not wishing to cast any aspersions on Canon Tanner, or indeed on Cranmer Hall (perish the thought!), I do wonder if we really need more bishops, especially if it involves restoring a See that has been dormant for 444 years. I realise that this appointment is intended to replace a retired assistant bishop in the diocese, but there must be other ways of relieving the pressure on episcopal resources than this.
I expect that it follows the same thinking evident in the R&R project, namely that if we increase the numbers of clergy (or at least dramatically arrest the projected decline), increases in congregations and in giving will surely follow as night follows day. I hope that turns out to be true, but I fear (O me of little faith!) that it is at least as likely that we will just be adding heavily to the financial burdens placed on our ageing and declining congregations. Several dioceses, including my own, are experiencing severe difficulties in balancing their books, and we should not be doing things which will exacerbate this problem.
On the other hand, it was suggested in these columns (not by me) at the time of the appointment of the current +Newcastle that she might turn out to be the last +Newcastle, if the Dioceses Commission felt it right to re-integrate Newcastle with Durham, and restore the historic link with Lindisfarne. If that were to happen, then the restoration of a suffragan see in the north of the expanded diocese might just turn out to be a master stroke.
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