Comments: Jillian Duff to be next Bishop of Lancaster

See, it is entirely possible to publish a blurb which concentrates only on what is relevant. In this case, I am guessing she is evangelical and I wonder what that might mean for the progressive Vicar of Lancaster.

Posted by Kate at Tuesday, 13 March 2018 at 11:01am GMT

The diocesan announcement gives far more:

"Hobbies: In spare time with her family Jill enjoys walking, wild camping and holidays in the fresh air with big vistas – whether sea or mountains. Jill also enjoys seeing friends; running; journaling; playing the piano for relaxation; photography and writing fun lyrics to well-known songs as the occasion demands!"

Posted by Richard at Tuesday, 13 March 2018 at 11:38am GMT

Blackburn Diocese appoints a female suffragan! Amazing. Good to see she has inner city and pioneer experience.

And if she has any family, they haven't been dragged into this. Good for her.

Posted by Janet Fife at Tuesday, 13 March 2018 at 11:43am GMT

So Kate, this is a relevant one. Age, where you studied and where you come from and all that are relevant to the job. But if someone - who is progressive and a campaigner for LGBT rights - mentions his family that have sacrificed a lot - and would suffer another move now - for his ministry, that blurb becomes irrelevant and you need to attack him!

Posted by Benny Thomas at Tuesday, 13 March 2018 at 4:21pm GMT

Benny, nobody attacked the man. The problem was the press release, which deserved the criticism.

Posted by Fr Andrew at Tuesday, 13 March 2018 at 8:04pm GMT

Retweeted in a friend's Twitter feed:

'I'm so chuffed about Jill Duff being the next Bishop of Lancaster. She's a brilliant, kind, spirit filled woman, who has affirmed & encouraged me in my calling. She also really understands how conflicting it can be to be a mother & a Priest. She's going to be a belting Bishop'.

I think 'a belting bishop' is my new favourite saying!

Posted by Tim Chesterton at Wednesday, 14 March 2018 at 7:23am GMT

Fr Andrew, but it is the man who approved the press realease and he wanted his family to be mentioned. All that discussion about the press release was taking place under that statement. Just one person there appreciated the man and what he brings to the job; every other comment was about the 'family' and the Church of England's double standards on sexuality which is not fair to the person himself who is an inclusive Anglican. His family is important to his ministry and he thought they should be mentioned. Couldn't you all leave it there?

Posted by Benny Thomas at Wednesday, 14 March 2018 at 8:58am GMT

I see Dr Duff is an evangelical who worked in the oil industry before ordination. Plus ca change?

Posted by Bill Broadhead at Wednesday, 14 March 2018 at 9:42am GMT

‘Couldn't you all leave it there?’

If the person is an inclusive Anglican, then I would hope he would understand the comments on here. If he didn’t, then I’d question what being inclusive means here. However, I look forward to him using his new episcopal status to publicly demand equal marriage, equal ordination etc.

Just to stress again, there has been no attack on individuals on this thread, just a pointing out of the implications to the oppressed of what might seem innocuous and innocent to the privileged.

Should you be suggesting that we should stop complaining, and keep on pretending we’re not here and there’s not a problem, then no. Get used to it. We won’t stop crying out for justice and calling out injustice when we see it. Not until LGBT people have their full rights.

Posted by Fr Andrew at Wednesday, 14 March 2018 at 11:01am GMT

‘Couldn't you all leave it there?’

Then invite him to comment here to say that he meant no disrespect and that he believes in equal marriage and equal ordination. Simples.

Posted by Kate at Wednesday, 14 March 2018 at 2:41pm GMT

'I see Dr Duff is an evangelical who worked in the oil industry before ordination. Plus ca change?'

Oil industry workers are obviously the tax collectors and sinners of TA.

Posted by Tim Chesterton at Wednesday, 14 March 2018 at 3:09pm GMT

Dear Fr Andrew, may I ask you who is "the privileged"? For you, this bishop designate who dragged his family in to the press release is a privileged person and you belong to the 'oppressed'. From a mutual friend I know about him a little bit - a person of colour and of humble origin who himself has experienced discrimination on those very grounds. You will consider him to be privileged while his white, middle/upper middle class, Oxbridge educated gay friends are oppressed ones. I am gay, white, and privately/Cambridge educated; and more privileged both in the society and in the church than this gentleman who has just broken all the barriers people like us built around him.

Posted by Benny Thomas at Thursday, 15 March 2018 at 9:31pm GMT
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