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UK news in brief

05 April 2013


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 legislation ( 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.

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