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Retiring Bishops

Tim Stevens, the Bishop of Leicester, announced today that he will retire on 11 July 2015.
From the diocesan website: Bishop Tim announces retirement

Ripon College Cuddesdon announced today that Humphrey Southern, suffragan Bishop of Repton in the Diocese of Derby, has been appointed its principal, with effect from 1 April 2015.
From the college website: Appointment of new Principal

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Father David

Isn’t it incredible that the appointment of a suffragan bishop to the ex cotton fields of Lancashire has attracted 77 comments but the retirement of +Tim Leicester has not garnered a single comment? Not even a “well done,thou good and faithful servant”!

Fr William
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Interesting to see if Repton is replaced. A ‘recent’ diocese, not terribly big, and not run in an area bishop manner. A candidate for a Yorkshire style rearrangement?

Fr William
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Just heard (? reliable): he will not. Announed at diocesan synod apparently. A prime candidate for divvying up to neighbouring dioceses.

Simon Kershaw
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Leicester may be considered as part of a reconfiguration of the Peterborough area. The Dioceses Commission looked at the Peterborough/Ely boundary first but only very minor changes resulted. I suspect a wider reorganization is pending when the Commission gets round to it. Leicester was created out of Peterborough in 1927. Will it make its centenary, I wonder?

Father David
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Father David

Simon, if you are suggesting that Leicester may well be demoted and lumped in with a neighbouring older diocese in the C of E’s continuing rationalisation scheme, may it not have been a mistaken decision to have the remains of a former monarch (Richard III) repose in Leicester, albeit in more salubrious surroundings than his previous resting place under a car park? Would not York Minster have been a more suitable and significant a cathedral for the tomb of a monarch than Leicester?

Henry Dee
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Henry Dee

Perhaps Fr David, a more appropriate resting place for Richard 111, who being a staunch Catholic would if not at York, be the nearest RC Cathedral to Leicester, which I’ve been told is Nottingham. If I’m wrong I can only apologise as my geography of down south is a bit sketchy

Simon Kershaw
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The Church of England is the successor in this land of that undivided western Church (and to suggest anything else is contrary to Canon Law, Canon A1). Richard III was a member of the English Church at a time when it was in communion with the See of Rome.