Comments: Simon Burton-Jones to be next Bishop of Tonbridge

This is a very unsatisfactory announcement omitting may key details that enquiring minds wish to know of all new bishops. What football team does he support? Does he enjoy walking? This, and the diocesan announcement, focus to a lamentable degree, on his actual career and accomplishments. Highly un-Anglican...

Posted by James Allport at Tuesday, 27 March 2018 at 11:18am BST

Does he like hill-walking? One demands to know. Baking in his spare-time maybe?

Posted by Lorenzo at Tuesday, 27 March 2018 at 7:02pm BST

Obviously the new Bishop isn't married to a man since this would have meant he'd be sacked. But is he married to a woman? I think we must be told.

Posted by FrDavidH at Tuesday, 27 March 2018 at 7:50pm BST

Did he go Wycliffe or Oak Hill-- one must be told asap !

Posted by Laurie Roberts at Wednesday, 28 March 2018 at 12:21am BST

After all the snippy comments on other threads about how inappropriate it is to include interests like hill walking, football teams and the like, or to mention the prospective bishop's marital status, doesn't it seem a bit unfair to the Diocese of Rochester to make frivolous comments when that information is left out?

Posted by Edward Prebble at Wednesday, 28 March 2018 at 2:22am BST

I don't claim to follow these things closely, but is two and a half years to make the appointment rather long for a suffragen? In the secular world, one often unkindly assumes that if there's a long gap then an internal appointment is made, it's because they were hoping to find someone better externally but failed.

Posted by John Swanson at Wednesday, 28 March 2018 at 7:31am BST

The Diocesan release might have avoided various irrelevancies, but also clearly lacks warmth and tends towards pomposity. Included within it, though, is a link to a personal video message from Simon himself. In person, that shows him to be warm and personable. He talks about his priorities. In my opinion, it is the single best piece of communication I have seen from a newly appointed bishop.

Posted by Kate at Wednesday, 28 March 2018 at 10:49am BST

"it's because they were hoping to find someone better externally but failed."
Yes...it is an unkind assumption. It's been a long time but maybe the 'right' person was under their noses all along and they made the foolish assumption that someone external would be best. Sometimes it is and sometimes..... It's not the first time the local person eventually got the job.

Posted by Ian H at Friday, 30 March 2018 at 4:24pm BST

In an earlier thread about the nomination of John Perumbalath to be Bishop of Bradwell, I commented that it was a pity that he could not have been the next Bishop of Tonbridge, for which we have waited so long.
But now we learn that John is to be consecrated in St Paul's at the same time as the new Bishop of Tonbridge, both of them Archdeacons being internally promoted. Could this be a sign? But what of?!

Posted by Malcolm Dixon at Saturday, 31 March 2018 at 12:18pm BST

Perhaps it's a sign that some Archdeacons make good Bishops! (I wouldn't dare universalise that statement...)

Posted by Pete Broadbent at Sunday, 1 April 2018 at 9:53pm BST

Kate: he's done another one one since ... it's on the Rochester website.

Posted by Jonathan Jennings at Thursday, 5 April 2018 at 4:03pm BST
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