Comments: Suffragan Bishops

Shouldn't Canon c20 now be altered so that it is non gender specific?

Posted by Father David at Thursday, 28 April 2016 at 3:52pm BST

I notice that following Frank White's announcement to retire as the Assistant Bishop of Newcastle his replacement will be a newly revived suffragan Bishop of Berwick (only one previous bishop, last used 1572).

Posted by Verulamius at Friday, 29 April 2016 at 5:58pm BST

Thank you Verulamius for directing our attention to the recreation of yet another Suffragan Bishoprick. The Suffragan See of Berwick is to be revived after being in abeyance for the last 434 years. If the next Bishop of Berwick is to beat the last and first Bishop of Berwick's tenure in office then I suggest they appoint a young one to succeed. Thomas Sparke held the post from 1537 to 1572 - a total of 35 years. Coincidentally the Diocese of Newcastle has had the services of a full-time Assistant bishop for the last 35 years which takes us back to 1981 when AAK Graham was appointed bishop (formerly of Bedford and Warden of Lincoln Theological College - how I well remember reading out my essays to him while he sat on the floor and Leah-Dog occupied the armchair. The pooch was often consulted as to the content of the said essays - "Mmmm! What do you think about that Leah-Dog?". Prior to his consecration old Bishop Sparky was Prior of Lindisfarne and Prebendary of Durham cathedral. If you ask me it's about time Northumbria followed Yorkshire's example and Newcastle went back to its ancient mother Durham cathedral. I always thought it a mistake when Bishop Lightfoot let go of Northumberland! Anyway, it is heartening to know that the new Bishop of Berwick will be ministering in the Church of England rather than in the Scottish Episcopal Church. Unlike Berwick Rangers FC which is the only English Football Club to play in the Scottish Football League. Today they are up against Montrose.

Posted by Father David at Saturday, 30 April 2016 at 5:03am BST

Father David -- surely there's a recent canon that retroactively makes previous canons gender-neutral.

Posted by Richard at Saturday, 30 April 2016 at 5:23am BST

Richard - "That would be an Ecumenical matter"

Posted by Father David at Saturday, 30 April 2016 at 3:39pm BST

Yes, Richard, Amending Canon 31, which states at paragraph 16:

'16. After Canon H 3 there is added the following Canon –

“Canon I 1 (Of interpretation)

Where an enactment is repealed and re-enacted, with or without modifications, by an Act, Measure or instrument then, unless the contrary intention appears, any reference in any Canon to the repealed enactment is construed as a reference to the provision re-enacted.

In any Canon, unless the contrary intention appears, –
(a) words importing the masculine gender include the feminine;
(b) words importing the feminine gender include the masculine;
(c) words in the singular include the plural and words in the plural include the singular.”'

Posted by RPNewark at Saturday, 30 April 2016 at 8:25pm BST
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