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Rule of silence for retired bishops

22 February 2013


From the Revd Paul Burr
Sir, - Rome isn't the only Church that needs to think about what retirement for its bishop should mean ( Letters, 15 February). The Church of England has become increasingly used to bishops' (even archbishops') continuing to make pronouncements, give interviews, write letters to the press, and adopt hobby horses, praying in aid the prestige of their former office without any accountability to their colleagues or the wider Church.

When an incumbent leaves a benefice, he or she is required to surrender that ministry in order to make way for a successor. Does not the same principle apply to bishops? Retirement surely ought to include withdrawing from the national stage in order not to undermine the ministry of your successors - even when you are certain that you are right.

The Vicarage, The Common Swardeston
Norwich NR14 8EB

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