Electing a Bishop

Manchester Cathedral

The ‘pop up’ Cathedral of the Street in Manchester.

The appointment of Bishop David Walker as the 12th Bishop of Manchester was announced some time ago but there are several legal preliminaries which have to be followed to confirm the appointment.

Today Fr Ian, as a member of the College of Canons of Manchester cathedral, joined other canons in the ancient ceremony of the formal election of the Bishop. The Queen’s letter missive was read, followed by the official authority to elect the Bishop – the Conge d’Elire. Then by show of hands, and unanimously, Bishop David was elected, and the Canons signed the official documents to the Queen and Archbishop certifying the election. While the procedure symbolised the participation of the local church, through “a representative body of senior diocesan clergy and laity” in an other sense it was a formality as there was only one person to be elected, and voting against the candidate would be seen as challenging the supremacy of the Crown (the offence of praemunire)!

The Cathedral itself is closed while new under floor heating is put in place. Hopefully all will be in place for Bishop David’s enthronement on November 30th.

Meanwhile the election had to take place in the prefabricated church – the ‘Cathedral in the Street.’


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One Response to Electing a Bishop

  1. Fr Chris says:

    I have to confess that I love tradition and have sympathy with the ethos which underpins all that happened yesterday. But, I’m left wondering how it measures up to the five marks of mission, or how it relates to a gospel of love and redemption to the general person on the street.
    I was amused to hear the street preachers last weekend at the bottom of market street labouring on about sin – it’s a concept for the cognoscenti and bears no meaning to most folk. Similarly, a prefabricated building is used to enact a medieval ceremony which predates the foundation of the diocese by hundreds of years, (a foundation caused by social concern for the gospel), which means very little to anyone.

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