Comments: Bishop of Rochester resigns

Speculators, start your engines!

"Bishop Michael is hoping to work with a number of church leaders from areas where the church is under pressure, particularly in minority situations, who have asked him to assist them with education and training for their particular situation."

Um, he is welcome NOT to consider the USA as such an area (however that vague definition could be twisted). Nazir-Ali's visits here have been destructive enough...

Posted by JCF at Saturday, 28 March 2009 at 7:03pm GMT

Or perhaps the US is not on his mind at all. It's possible that, just as Archbishop-designate Duncan is a frustrated would-be Presiding Bishop of TEC who has found his empire in "ACNA," +Nazir-Ali may be liberating himself now to salve his frustrations over not becoming AbC with the balm of becoming proto-primate of a parallel CoE being planned...

Hey, stranger things have come to pass in the Anglican Universe...

Posted by Viriato da Silva at Saturday, 28 March 2009 at 8:44pm GMT

Perhaps Bishop Nazir-Ali could be persuaded to help Archbishop Akinola in his dialogue with Muslims in Nigeria. Thei objectives seem to be similar on many other issues, too.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Saturday, 28 March 2009 at 11:58pm GMT

I hope that Bishop Michael's distinctive ability to articulate what the ordinary person in the street or pew is thinking will be preserved by granting him a seat in the House of Lords.

Posted by martin sewell at Sunday, 29 March 2009 at 12:29pm GMT

Michael is extraordinarily intelligent, and his complex sentence structures and vocabulary often lose educated and even very intelligent listeners. Those who fail to understand him often assume that what he says is as correct as the manner in which he expresses himself.
Those qualities would add a dangerous factor to Akinola's pronouncements.
I have a list of clergy I would be glad to see the back of, and Rochester would be a splendid place to send them.
Perhaps Simon, we can start a list of senior clerics with reasons for 'promoting them' away from us.

Posted by dodgey_vicar at Sunday, 29 March 2009 at 4:07pm GMT

I'm with George Pitcher on this.

His take is closer to the truth I think and I agree with his comments.

Posted by Martin Reynolds at Monday, 30 March 2009 at 10:25am BST

Still nothing on the diocesan website that I could see, but the Church Times blog does have the text of the letter sent to Rochester clergy, see

Posted by Simon Sarmiento at Monday, 30 March 2009 at 12:29pm BST
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