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12 January 2011

Dr Kenneth Stevenson has died

THE Rt Revd Dr Kenneth Stevenson, formerly Bishop of Portsmouth, (above, with his wife Sarah), died on Tuesday. He had been diagnosed with leukaemia several years ago. The Bishop of Portsmouth, the Rt Revd Chris­topher Foster, said: “His condition deteriorated recently, and he decided to receive palliative care only. Over the last few days, he was able to spend time with all his family, and was cared for both medically and spiritually with devotion.” Dr Stevenson, who was part-Scottish and part-Danish, was Bishop of the diocese from 1995 to 2009, and had particular interests in liturgy and history. Obituary to follow next week

RCs must ‘soften rules’ before Settlement reform

ANY reform of the Act of Settlement, which bars Roman Catholics from the throne, should depend on better relations between the RC Church and the C of E, the Bishop of Manchester, the Rt Revd Nigel McCulloch, sug­gested on Monday. The Bishop asked Lord McNally, deputy leader of the House of Lords, whether he agreed that, “unless the Roman Catholic Church is prepared to soften its rules on its members’ involvement with the Church of England, whose orders it regards as null and void, it is hard to see how the Act of Settlement can be changed without paving the way for disestablish­ment.” Lord McNally replied that it would be wise to proceed “with extreme caution” in such matters.

Bishop Broadbent to resume public duties

THE Bishop of London, the Rt Revd Richard Chartres, announced on Monday that the Bishop of Willesden, the Rt Revd Pete Broadbent, would “now begin to resume his public duties in the Willesden and Stepney Areas”. Bishop Chartres asked Bishop Broadbent to “withdraw from public minis­try” in November, after he made critical comments about the royal wedding on Facebook, the social-networking website (News, 26 November 2010). Bishop Chartres said: “Bishop Peter stands by his full and frank apology. . . He is fully focused on the mission of the diocese of London.”

Peterborough appoints Bishop Urwin as assistant

THE former Bishop of Horsham, the Rt Revd Lindsay Urwin, has accepted the post of Honorary Assistant Bishop in the diocese of Peterborough. The diocese said that Bishop Urwin, who is the Priest Administrator of the An­glican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, in Norfolk, would “offer episcopal ministry and support to parishes which have petitioned for this under the Act of Synod”. He will be licensed at the end of the month.

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