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The next Bishop of Peterborough

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18 November 2009

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From the Ven. Peter Coombs

Sir, — Canon Giles Fraser (Com­ment, 13 November) gratuitously briefs the diocese of Peterborough against its newly appointed bishop.

In using quotations patently out of context and out of time, does not Canon Fraser also stand in danger of becoming one of “Satan’s greatest weapons against the Church”?

PETER COOMBS
92 Locks Heath Park Road
Locks Heath
Southampton SO31 6LZ

From the Revd R. M. Nancarrow

Sir, — I doubt that this was the only household in Peterborough diocese where Canon Giles Fraser’s latest column was read with dismay, sug­gest­ing, as it seems to do, that our Bishop-designate is both unenlight­ened and opportunistic.

As context is an important part of meaning, however, it would be help­ful if Canon Fraser could provide the references for the quotations he has used.

R. M. NANCARROW
Thimble Cottage, 11 Geeston
Ketton, Stamford PE9 3RH

From Helen Browne

Sir, — Shame on Canon Fraser for his intemperate comments regarding the Archdeacon of Chester. I have always found the Ven. Donald Allister to be a wise and gentle spiritual leader. Taking one sentence written years ago, giving us no idea of the context, and then using it to pick a fight is neither fair nor helpful. I think that Canon Fraser should apologise.

HELEN BROWNE (Reader)
14 Oxford Road, Runcorn
Cheshire WA7 4NU

From the Revd Julian Mann

Sir, — The appointment of the Ven. Donald Allister as Bishop of Peterborough, with his public change of mind on the ordination of women, raises a pressing question for conservative Evangelicals wanting to serve Christ in the Church of England.

We believe that faithfulness to the scriptures calls for the upholding of male headship in the family and in the Church. But, despite the fact that our churches are often substantial net givers to dioceses, we find our position almost completely unrepre­sented in the House of Bishops.

Is it conceivable that a conservative Evangelical who has not changed his mind on the ordination of women could ever be appointed a diocesan bishop?

JULIAN MANN
The Vicarage, Church Street
Oughtibridge
Sheffield S35 OFU

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