BISHOPS – BUSY DOING NOTHING,WORKING THE WHOLE DAY THROUGH

In an excellent post on his blog, ELIZAPHANIAN, Sam Norton highlights and comments on the present disconnection between bishops and clergy/laity in the Church of England. Do check it out!

I picked up on his comment that bishops are overworked with my usual lack of sympathy. I left this comment:

Overworked but not doing the work they were ordained to do. And, of course, this attitude will trickle down to the clergy. When they see their bishops spending most of their time on administration, attending meetings and conferences, and getting honours for their contribution to urban regeneration rather than spiritual regeneration, then the clergy will follow suit. If bishops stopped regarding themselves as CEOs full of Alan Sugar attitude and inhumanity, and started looking after their priests and walking among their people, then they would probably become more in tune with what the grass roots of the Church are thinking and worrying about.

I believe that the view of the priesthood as being an administrative function, is exactly the reason why the priesthood, at all levels, is out of touch with the culture of their local and national cultures and has lost the respect it once, more fully, enjoyed, and which gave it the opportunity to speak out prophetically.

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BISHOPS – BUSY DOING NOTHING,WORKING THE WHOLE DAY THROUGH — 3 Comments

  1. Oh, ouch!

    As a spiritual director of many years standing (who has done a lot of work with clergy, as it happens), I recognize this all too well.

  2. Too true.

    I suppose there is no harm in being present in the media as a visible symbol of the church’s concern for various ways that we can all help the poor and for justice causes. But the primary functions of a bishop should be being present for the clergy and people in the diocese. And if they did that, they would find it less necessary to complain about being lonely.

    FWIW
    jimB