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Kenyan ordination of a deacon for Sheffield diocese: reactions

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01 March 2013

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From the Revd James Paice
Sir, - Although, to the untrained eye, the ordination of a minister for Sheffield diocese in Kenya seems completely random ( News, 22 February), for those with eyes to see, it is part of a trajectory that goes as far back as the case of Ed Moll, ordained in the late 1990s, who was ordained "irregularly" by a retired bishop.

Where Church of England leadership is heterodox (the driver for the case cited above) or simply will not provide for Anglican gospel work (as seems to have been the case in Sheffield), other bishops in the Anglican Communion are very prepared to step up to the plate and provide, so that the biblical gospel of everlasting salvation may be made known to the people of England.

It is often said actions speak louder than words. So, look lively, Church of England bishops! Other bishops are acting. And, it seems, will increasingly act, if you will not.

JAMES PAICE
St Luke's Vicarage
28 Farquhar Road
London SW19 8DA

From Canon John Goodchild
Sir, - Ordination is not certification of soundness in biblical fundamentalism, but means putting oneself under the discipline of a bishop in a way lay people are not. You cannot be made a stand-alone deacon, but must be ordained to a post in a diocese. The next step for the Revd Pete Jackson is surely employment in the diocese of Kitui.

After some years' satisfactory service, he might then be in a position to apply to the Bishop of Sheffield for a priest-in-charge post in a new parish in Walkley.

In the mean time, the Bishop of Sheffield, with his committed expertise in Fresh Expressions, should be trusted to arrange appropriate care and nurture for church-plants in his diocese.

When I was a team rector in Liverpool, I was able, with my bishop, to appoint someone who had been ordained and served in Africa as a team vicar. Others had been suspicious of him, but he proved excellent.

JOHN GOODCHILD
39 St Michael's Road
Liverpool L17 7AN

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