Comments: Bishop of Sodor and Man: Peter Eagles

Given the commitment to be willing to "ordain all who are called to be deacons and priests", would the new bishop be supportive of married LGBT priests such as Fr Andrew Foreshew-Cain, and be willing to employ them within his diocese?

Posted by Michael Mason at Friday, 5 May 2017 at 11:30am BST

Yes, Michael. I would like to be able to give the new Bishop of Sodor and Man the benefit of the doubt - re his willingness to ordain "ALL who are called" by God. Some have been overlooked in the C.of E. because of their intrinsic sexuality.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Friday, 5 May 2017 at 11:50pm BST

I know some Cathedrals have Honorary Canons, but in Salisbury we are properly inducted into named Prebendary stalls as Non-residentiary Canons (not honorary ones). I don't know if there is some master plan to clear out our stalls, but they seem to be emptying alarmingly fast. In recent times we have lost a Canon Treasurer and an Archdeacon, who have moved on to be bishops. In the meeting of the College of Canons next week we will be saying farewell to two of our number, both of whom are moving on to be Diocesan Bishops.

Posted by Nigel LLoyd at Saturday, 6 May 2017 at 6:23am BST

Having never heard of Peter Eagles before this appointment, it is apparent from his statement that he has not been someone who would support women as priests. So when I read this post I was pleased: maybe, I thought, something has been learned from Sheffield.

And were I a priest in the Isle of Man I would not be looking to leave (as would have been the case had I been in Sheffield and Philip North appointed)

BUT I would want to know – what does this mean? So, he will ordain my sisters – but will he attend a mass celebrated by them? Does he now think they are genuinely priests? Or is he just going through the motions? His use of the language “all who are called” suggests that he does think women can be called by God – is his objection simply that he can’t do it until the Pope says so?

So two cheers for him perhaps. But some further clarification is really needed.

Posted by Cathy at Saturday, 6 May 2017 at 1:31pm BST

Given that the Isle of Man is not part of the UK, why did this announcement come from Downing Street? Why not from the chief minister of the IoM, or the Lieutenant Governor, or Buckingham Palace or York?

Posted by T Pott at Tuesday, 9 May 2017 at 11:16pm BST
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