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Bishop of Ramsbury Announces Retirement

The Diocese of Salisbury has announced that the Suffragan Bishop of Ramsbury, the Rt Revd Dr Edward Condry, will be retiring at the end of April.

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Geoff
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Geoff

I get that TA is UK-based but I still chuckled to see a report on an English suffragan’s retirement so quick on the draw when here in Canada our primate announced his retirement a week ago.

Father David
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Father David

More and more seem to be leaving the good ship C of E at 65, rather than going onto the finishing tape at 70.

Bill Broadhead
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Bill Broadhead

Presumably, we can rest assured that Nick Holtam will not be trawling the alumni of HTB to find his next episcopal colleague. Unless he is being heavily leaned on, of course? It strikes me this is an ideal opportunity for the Southern Nick to mirror the splendid appointment made by Northern Nick, who has given us Helen-Ann Hartley in Ripon.

Father David
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Father David

Dear Bill,

Your suggestion would mean that the Salisbury diocese would be the first one to have two female Suffragans as Bishop Karen is already in post at Sherborne.

Tim Chesterton
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I see we’re now at “Can anything good come from HTB?”

Bill Broadhead
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Bill Broadhead

Father David, I wasn’t limiting my comparison of Helen-Ann Hartley purely to gender. Some intellectual clout and cultural literacy would be very welcome, too. That might even mean a traditionalist catholic! Let’s start appointing the best people of substance to the episcopate and leave the gender politics out of it.

Father David
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Father David

Dear Bill, I have oft written in the past on the T A Blog of the need for scholar bishops to add a much needed gravitas to the Bench.

Anthony Archer
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Anthony Archer

An opportunity for +Salisbury to look far and wide. The CofE is stuffed with papabile talent.

Father David
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Father David

Let’s hope they are blessed with a dean of talent for such an amazing cathedral.

Charles Read
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Charles Read

‘I see we’re now at “Can anything good come from HTB?” ‘

I sympathize with Tim’s comment but some of us (including charismatic evangelicals like me) think the guiding principle is nowadays ‘Nothing good can come from anywhere but HTB’.

HTB has its part to play, but so do lots of other places.