Dean of Chelmsford resigns because of health
THE Dean of Chelmsford, the Very Revd Peter Judd
(right), announced to worshippers on Easter Day that he
would be resigning because of poor health. Dean Judd, who is 64,
will take early retirement in October. He joined the cathedral 15
years ago as Provost. A statement said that, during his time in
Chelmsford, Dean Judd had "established new works of art, including
the dramatic Tree of Life in the north transept, and four large
icons, painted by nuns in Essex, above the chancel arch".
Women-bishops consultation draws 376 responses
A CONSULTATION document issued by the working group advising the
House of Bishops about how to break the deadlock over women-bishops
News, 15 February) received 376 responses, Church House
announced on Tuesday of last week. "Of those, ten were from
organisations and three from bishops. Of the remaining 363
submissions, 154 were from General Synod members, and 209 from
others," a statement said.
The working group, which met twice in March, will be convened
again this month, during which "facilitated conversations" will
take place involving additional participants, including
representatives of the Catholic Group, Reform, and WATCH. The
working group will also meet again in May. Church House said that
the group "remains on track" to report to the House of Bishops
before its own meeting on 20-21 May. The House will decide what
proposals to bring to the General Synod in July.
Correction: the report on the enthronement of
the Archbishop of Canterbury (
News, 28 March) noted, using information from Lambeth Palace,
the presence of the Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside
Russia, Metropolitan Hilarion of New York. It has since been
pointed out that he was not present, but that Metropolitan Hilarion
of Volokolamsk led a delegation from the Moscow Patriarchate.