Comments: Suffragan Bishop of Plymouth: Nicholas McKinnel

Hmm... so is the plan to appoint a non-ordaining (of women) bishop to Crediton? If so, this is a plan to stop the Plymouth area always having a non-ordaining bishop while keeping one such in the diocese. (Or is it a plan to appoint a woman to Crediton as a woman at Plymouth would be too much progress too quickly?)

Posted by Charles Read at Tuesday, 2 December 2014 at 12:31pm GMT

Or is the plan just to do the best thing for the Church of God in Devon?

Posted by Robin Ward at Tuesday, 2 December 2014 at 7:54pm GMT

Prior to John Ford's appointment to Plymouth, the Bishops of Plymouth and Crediton both ordained women.

Posted by Maggie at Tuesday, 2 December 2014 at 10:04pm GMT

At least this is another older appointment, so he could do some good but won't be around long enough to go to seed.

I see also that he is another countryside lover - presumably hill walking? It's almost de rigueur these days.

Posted by Concerned Anglican at Tuesday, 2 December 2014 at 10:51pm GMT

Robin: I am surprised that someone who deals on a daily basis with Ministry Division should be so free of cynicism!

Posted by Charles Read at Wednesday, 3 December 2014 at 9:59am GMT

They could have at least updated his bio from when they used it in 2012: "*Prebendary* Nicholas McKinnell..."

Posted by Matt at Thursday, 4 December 2014 at 11:52am GMT

This is the reverse of what happened in 1996 when Richard Hawkins (then Bishop of Plymouth) was translated to Crediton. This makes absolute strategic sense, in that Nick McKinnell knows Plymouth well, and will be able to consolidate the strategic relationships between the Diocese and the key influencers in wider society, as well as having a depth of insight when it comes to pastoral care of the clergy and parishes. I doubt that it has anything to do with who will - or will not - ordain women.

Posted by Simon R at Wednesday, 10 December 2014 at 10:39am GMT

So, Bishop Nick has been translated to Plymouth. How convenient now that the legislation admitting women into the episcopate has been agreed. Anyone like to bet against a woman being the next 'bishop' of Crediton? It's time to go I think.

Posted by Steve Bassett at Sunday, 14 December 2014 at 8:53pm GMT
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