Saturday, May 14, 2005

Who is going to York?

What is written below is taken from the Church of England Newspaper in the Friday 13 May edition. The Bishop of Durham, Dr. N.T. Wright is among the most probable of names to be sent to the PM for selection and then to the Queen for final approval. What are your thoughts about the possibility of Bishop Tom going to York as Archbishop? I would imagine that this post would cut +Tom’s travel considerably for speaking engagements. I am not sure how it would impact his time for writing but I cannot help but think that it would have some effect on it. This is only speculation of course. Bishop Tom has been in Durham two years but do not forget that former ABC ++Michael Ramsay was in Durham about as long before he went to York and then on to Canterbury. I believe ++Ramsay was in Durham from 1952-56 when he went on to York. He was the 100th Archbishop of Canterbury (1961-1974). So, time in Durham is not the issue it would seem. You can find the entire story here at the C of E News web site.

The Bishop of Durham, the Rt Rev Tom Wright, and the Bishop of London, the Rt Rev Richard Chartres, have emerged as the most likely successors to Dr Hope. Bishop Wright has only been in his post at Durham for the last two years, but his supporters argue that he is the outstanding candidate and one of the world’s pre-eminent theologians.

The appointment of Bishop Chartres could prove more controversial because of his refusal to ordain women as priests at a time when the Church is preparing to allow them to become bishops. However, a number of members of the Commission are strong advocates of the bishop and his position on women priests would follow that of the previous Archbishop of York.

The 14-strong Commission will recommend two names, normally in order of preference, to the Prime Minister, who then sends his decision to the Queen for final approval before the candidate is asked to accept the post.

Should Bishop Tom go to York if selected? Why or why not? What are the pros and cons?


Blogger Alastair said...

I am sure that Wright will be of great service to the Church wherever he goes. However, the thing that most concerns me (somewhat selfishly, I admit) is his writing time. It would be terrible if the big volume on Paul was further delayed. :(

3:28 pm  
Blogger Jeff said...

Alastair, I had the same selfish feelings and plus it is nice to be able to go to the Cathedral and listen to him or hear him give a paper in the theology department. I am not quite sure what to think if this happens but know it would be the will of the Lord and would hope that the whole Church would benefit from it. Of course, the post is speculation and no one knows.

But, no matter where he is, I can't imagine he would ever give up his writing!


3:35 pm  
Blogger Mike Terrell said...

The real question is, How would Bishopthorpe Palace compare with Auckland Castle? I mean consider space issues - Bishopthorpe Palace is situated on 9 acres, where Auckland Castle is surrounded by 800 acres of parkland. It's a no-brainer.

4:39 pm  
Blogger Jeff said...

Mike, quite true! Auckland is really nice. Plus the Durham Cathedral is so much nicer and you have the University library and Cathedral library to visit. I agree. No-brainer!


5:09 pm  
Blogger jon said...

Well, if York could get him to Canterbury, then I think he ought to go. If not, I'd be concerned that York would take up more of his time than it would be worth.

Also, I didn't have a clue that leading English churchmen existed (like +Chartres or ++Hope) who still oppose women's ordination to the priesthood. At the risk of sounding like a chauvinist, and not knowing anything else about him, I almost hope +Chartres goes to York! I believe that opposition to women's ordination to the priesthood needs to remain a viable position in the Anglican Church.

I still haven't listened to +Wright's 2004 CBE address on women's ordination, so I may be persuaded yet. But even while I disagree with him on the matter, I have at least come to agree with him that it's not something that should divide the church. I've fleshed out these thoughts a bit more here.

3:45 pm  

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