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School of charity

19 September 2014


From the Ven. Peter Coombs
Sir, - Your item concerning the education of bishops (News, 5 September) reminded me that the Bishop of Southwark (1980-91) was Eton-educated, whereas his immediate successor (1991-98) left his state school at the age of 14.

As a member of the staff of both Bishops, I was in a position to note that educational differences mattered little, but that personality, spirituality, and gifts of leadership counted for much.

During those two decades, Southwark was a happy, purposeful, and very well-led diocese. As for those two diocesans, Ronnie Bowlby and Roy Williamson - vive la différence!

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