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Bishop Tim’s Presidential Address: November Synod 2016

And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you.  Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.  (John chap. 17 v. 11) I ask not only on behalf of […]

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Walking Together

I have just had the wonderful privilege of being part of a pilgrimage from Canterbury to Rome. I was with a number of other bishops both Anglican and Roman Catholic from around the world.  50 years ago this year a meeting took place between the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Michael Ramsey and the then Pope, […]

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Holding Rouen in our prayers

“For we do not proclaim ourselves we proclaim Christ Jesus as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Christ’s sake.  For it is the God who said; “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of […]

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South Sudan

In my last job (Bishop of Sherborne) I was Chair of the Salisbury/ Sudan Link and had the privilege of travelling to what was then Sudan on many occasions.  I have spent several nights in Juba the capital of South Sudan the newest nation in the world.  I have had some great pizza in the […]

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Presidential Address

Presidential Address   But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift.  Therefore it is said  When he ascended on high he made captivity itself a captive he gave gifts to his people.  (Eph ch 4 v 7)   It is very good to see you and to be with […]

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The Joy of Love Amoris Laetitia

Given I was at the Synod of Bishops last year and that is where my blog began I thought it was only right and proper that I write a blog now that Pope Francis has published the Post Synodical Exhortation. As it happens I have one or two things to say about it and its […]

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Where have you been? Thy Kingdom Come

I know it has been a long time and no doubt some of you wish it had been even longer but here I am back again.  I suspect it will be like buses, no blog for ages then a number come along all at once. I may well write something about the document the Pope […]

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The Penultimate Day

It is now all over bar the voting.  Yesterday copies of the draft text were handed out but only to the synod fathers under strict instructions not to share them with anyone.  This morning the bishops were able to make interventions.  From what people said it would seem to me that the draft text has […]

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Just a few thoughts before I get down to work…

So the Archbishop of Canterbury’s XI is in town to play the Vatican.  I wanted to see them as sadly I cannot get to the match as I will be in the Synod Hall.  So I was told they would be in a restaurant called Marias near the Vatican museum yesterday lunchtime.  I asked around […]

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The Synod moves to its conclusion

So we have only three days to go before the Papal Mass that will conclude this Synod on the Family.  This week has been another series of ups and downs for me.  I started on Monday feeling somewhat depressed as the small groups sounded to my ears to become very conservative.  We concluded our conversations […]

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