Bishop of Sheffield; statement from Archbishops


24 March 2017

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York made this
joint statement today on the recent events surrounding the
nomination of Bishop Philip North as Bishop of
Sheffield.

“The recent events surrounding the nomination of Bishop Philip
North as Bishop of Sheffield, including his withdrawal from the
process, have understandably raised great concern amongst many in
the Church of England. The status of the House of Bishops
Declaration of June 2014 has been questioned by some and its
meaning has also been challenged. 

“We have therefore
written to Sir Philip Mawer
, the Independent Reviewer under the
Declaration on the Ministry of Bishops and Priests, (Resolution of
Disputes Procedure Regulations) 2014, to address the concerns that
have arisen in the Church following these recent events. We attach
our letter to Sir Philip, in which we reaffirm clearly our
commitment, and the commitment of the House of Bishops, to its
Declaration, to the principles contained in it, and to the
overriding principle of mutual flourishing.

“Finally, in this period of Lent, as part of our
preparation for the glorious celebration of the extraordinary grace
of God in the events of Holy Week and Easter, we call on all those
in the Church to pray openly for the flourishing of those with whom
they disagree, to demonstrate the mutual love which we are called
to share and to proclaim confidently in word and deed that in
Christ we find our true identities, and the overcoming of those
things which in ourselves we find so divisive.”