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Dr Gore’s resignation

05 April 2019

April 4th, 1919.

DR GORE intends to resign the see of Oxford on July 1. . . The announcement will be received with very great regret. During the seventeen years of his episcopate in the three sees of Worcester, Birmingham, and Oxford, Dr Gore has served the Church with conspicuous fidelity and independence. He has devoted himself courageously to tasks of organization and administration which, as his letter to the Archbishop reveals, are not entirely congenial to him. It is to him that we owe the division of the unwieldy diocese of Worcester and the erection of the see of Birmingham, to which he gave so good a start by himself becoming its first bishop. . . We cannot but regret that at a moment when heterodoxy is waxing stronger in the Upper House of Canterbury Convocation one of its few theologians should be withdrawn from it.

Yet while we wish that Dr Gore had not found the reasons for resignation imperative, we must respect them. The Church in recent years would have been saved from many misfortunes if other bishops had taken the view of Dr Gore and his predecessor, Dr Paget, that there was no obligation upon them to continue in office until they became decrepit. There have been bishops also who might have served the Church better by withdrawing from work for which they were less fitted to other work for which they were more fitted. If Dr Gore thinks that he has now sufficiently accomplished the task to which he was called seventeen years ago, if he feels that he can now serve the Church better in other ways, none will presume to question a decision which he alone has had to take.

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