Comments: new Bishop of Salisbury

As a former near neighbour of St Martin's ( their administration was based in St George's Crypt during their restoration, to our mutual benefit) I am delighted! A cordial for drooping spirits!

Posted by Perry Butler at Tuesday, 12 April 2011 at 8:49am BST

An excellent and welcome appointment. Well done to all concerned.

Posted by Sally Barnes at Tuesday, 12 April 2011 at 10:41am BST

An excellent and welcome appointment. Well done to all concerned.

Posted by Sally Barnes at Tuesday, 12 April 2011 at 10:41am BST

Now, who's for Dunelm?

Posted by Father David at Tuesday, 12 April 2011 at 5:25pm BST

In 1973, George Reindorp was installed as Bishop of Salisbury. One of his first actions was summarily to determine (without interview) the licences of eight clergy who were either remarried or married to spouses who has previously been divorced. After almost 40 years it is good to hear that Nick has been appointed his successor but two. One trusts his attitude will be rather different and his mien less haughty.

Posted by cryptogram at Tuesday, 12 April 2011 at 7:21pm BST

Wonderful news!

Posted by Gareth Hughes at Tuesday, 12 April 2011 at 8:19pm BST

I seached for Nicholas Holtam on Google and found this from five years ago. Still worth reading. I just hope and pray that he sticks to his guns and speaks as prophetically when in the House of Bishops.

Posted by Richard Ashby at Tuesday, 12 April 2011 at 9:01pm BST

Well Heaven be praised. This has quite literally made my day.

Now come on Winchester...

Posted by rjb at Tuesday, 12 April 2011 at 9:28pm BST

Lincoln and Durham before Winchester; #4 before #5, that's obvious, but Lincoln also got in first.

Posted by Anthony Archer at Tuesday, 12 April 2011 at 9:59pm BST

The CNC doesn't consider +Winton until 9 June, and 5/6 July.

Posted by ezlxq at Tuesday, 12 April 2011 at 10:50pm BST

An opposing statement from John Richardson, of the minority Anglican Mainstream, who blogs as the Ugly Blogger:

Posted by Randal Oulton at Wednesday, 13 April 2011 at 4:26am BST

Don't you just love the knee-jerk reactions of the evangelical bloggers. So Nick Holtam's marriage to a divorcee (regardless of when or the circumstances) and his views on homosexuality 'pose a serious challenge to traditionalist Anglicans'.

What I think poses a serious challenge, to all of us, not least traditionalist clergy, is Nick Holtam's love, compassion, acceptance, initiative and energy manifested in his work at St Martin's in the Fields. A Bishop with his track record should be a shining example of what is possible. If all the Bishops were like him the Church would be a very different place and very much better for it.

Posted by Richard Ashby at Wednesday, 13 April 2011 at 9:09am BST

Church Society's appalling self righeous statement and John Richardson's article about this matter cause me to hang my head in shame. Will we see another attempt to block an appointment? Richard Ashby's comment about the challenges and qualities that really are important is helpful and encouraging. But I suspect the noise around this will, sadly, get louder.

Posted by Canon Andrew Godsall at Wednesday, 13 April 2011 at 10:10am BST

I couldnt agree more Richard Ashby. Lets hope it is a case of "the dogs bark but the caravan moves on". Let us hope and pray it is so.

Posted by Perry Butler at Wednesday, 13 April 2011 at 2:42pm BST

Yes, John Richardson and Church Society's statements beggar belief given the role of Henry in the history of the Church of England.

This kind of 'fundamentalism' sucks. What a perversion of a fine word. I recent that more than the 'loss' of the word gay.

Also it is clear that Conservative Evangelicals wish they could suppress all other points of view and forms of church-personship. No room for pluralism. They want it all their own way. And I love their carefully confected and cultivated crises 'of conscience.'

There will be no campaign against Nick Holtam's appointment.

They are both conscientious believers - you would have thought that would count for something with Evangelicals (another good word that, and annexed).

Posted by Laurence Roberts at Wednesday, 13 April 2011 at 8:21pm BST

Good comments by Benny Hazlehurst at

Posted by Simon Sarmiento at Thursday, 14 April 2011 at 9:27am BST

While Nick Holtam has done much in St Martin's, his outstanding anti-racist work alongside Sue Mayo when he was a vicar on the Isle of Dogs - informed of course by his faith - is also noteworthy. While it is a loss for London that he is going, it is excellent news for Salisbury.

Posted by Savi Hensman at Thursday, 14 April 2011 at 11:05pm BST

Richard Ashby's comment on Tuesday contains the link to a response made by Nick Holtam to the Global South in 2006. In this response, we read the following: -

" Further, for Anglicans Christian ethics have never simply been Biblical ethics. We also use as authorities the tradition of Church teaching (a faithful wisdom from the Church down the ages), as well as the authority of our God-given reason and intellect. These three authorities work together to help us discern the work and will of God."

From this extract of his response alone, I would think that Bishop Nick Holtam would make a pretty wise and pragmatic Bishop in the Church. Let's hope he doesn't get knobbled by the conservatives on the Bench of Bishops - before he gets a chance to make his mark! He will need all our prayers, God bless him!

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Friday, 15 April 2011 at 12:17pm BST

Well done Nick.
The Rev Nicholas Holtam restored my Faith in the Church.

Without knowing it, without asking for anything in return.

Posted by David Chapman at Thursday, 26 January 2012 at 11:58pm GMT
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