Comments: Opinion - 1 July 2017

I am intrigued by Peter Edge's article, and find myself educated about a subject where my ignorance is pretty comprehensive. I am left with a question, and wonder if someone with a better knowledge of Manx affairs and attitudes than mine (i.e. almost anybody) can help.
Does the average Manx punter care less whether there is a Bishop of Sodor and Mann? Is it important to their sense of patriotism re Manx identity that there is someone of that title, or would they carry on just as happily with Anglican affairs on the island being run from some appropriate English diocese?

Posted by Edward Prebble at Sunday, 2 July 2017 at 9:07pm BST

@Edward Prebble: Further to your query, the best and most comprehensive survey is by Peter Edge himself, in partnership with Augur Pearce: ‘The Development of the Lord Bishop’s Role in the Manx Tynwald’, in the Journal of Ecclesiastical History, v. 57, no. 3, July 2006 at 494-514; an excellent survey. The status of the bishop has been controversial in an island with a significant dissenting community, and other ecclesiastical office holders (such as the archdeacon of Man) were removed from Tynwald in 1919. The status of the bishop in Legco has been raised recurrently, most recently in 1983 and 2000 (before now). The wider social issues associated with the spiritual representation in Legco are covered in some of the chapters in v. 5 of A New History of the Isle of Man, ‘The Modern Period: 1830-1999’, ed. John Belchem (Liverpool UP, 2000), especially the chapters by David Kermode, Alistair Ramsay and Ann Harrison. Of course, the abolition of the diocese, or its merger with Carlisle, was raised in the 1830s, and caused something of a storm; frankly the utility of a diocese with a small handful of parishes is moot, but there is a counter-argument from antiquity, even if the strength of local sensibilities on this point may have been over-stated.

Posted by Froghole at Monday, 3 July 2017 at 12:38pm BST

Surely the argument from antiquity is that Man should be returned to its historic attachment to the Diocese of the Isles (Sodor as the title has it) and fall under the jurisdiction of Bishop Kevin. He's already got two Cathedrals so why not three?

Posted by Jo at Thursday, 6 July 2017 at 12:59pm BST
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