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Hypocrisy of Authoritarian Bishops

The Hypocrisy of Authoritarian Bishops  Part 2 By the Revd Dr Lee Gatiss Sophistry I wonder if the bishops who wrote this report did so with a straight face? They tell us that church blessings are not pronouncements, and approval cannot be inferred from them. They...

South Sudan Primate Welcomes Church Leaders but Remains Firm on Biblical Marriage

South Sudan Primate Welcomes Church Leaders but Remains Firm on Biblical Marriage The Pope, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, the Revd Dr Iain Greenshields, visited South Sudan in the first weekend of February to participate in...

Welby Chooses Disestablishment Over Global Breakup

Welby Chooses Disestablishment over Global Breakup Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has indicated that he prizes the unity of the global Anglican Communion over the continued established status of the Church of England, in surprising comments that were reported...

Conservative Bishops Reaffirm Church’s Teaching on Marriage

Conservative Bishops Reaffirm Church's Teaching on Marriage Fourteen Bishops of the Church of England have published "a relatively short theological summary of the doctrine of marriage as the Church of England has received it, and how it relates particularly to...

Pilgrim’s Process: Trials & Challenges

Pilgrim’s Process By the Revd Dr Peter Sanlon Trials and Challenges As we travel to our heavenly city we face trials and challenges that can feel like they are more than we will be able to bear. The sufferings of this present age are considerable. When we are alone...

New Bishop to the Archbishops Announced

New Bishop to the Archbishops Announced The Rt Revd David Urquhart has been announced as the new Bishop to the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, succeeding Dr Emma Ineson who has been appointed Bishop of Kensington. In this role, he will work directly for both...

Proper Bishops, PLEASE by the Northern Churchman

Proper Bishops, Please by the Northern Churchman In their proposals on human sexuality, the College of Bishops have given the Church of England a managerial solution to theological and moral issues. They have sought a compromise detached from Scripture and doctrine,...

Archbishop Has Audience with Sandi

Archbishop has Audience with SandiWhat the Actress Said to the Bishop The Archbishop of Canterbury has had his promised 'coffee and chat' with TV personality and prominent lesbian campaigner Sandi Toksvig. This invitation by Lambeth Palace was issued in response to an...

Letter: Solemn Times

Letter Solemn Times   Dear Sir, It is always easier to provide negative feedback and to criticise, than to be positive. I therefore just wanted to say that I totally agree with the Editorial in your current issue (EC8122).  We are living in tremendously solemn...

Letter: Law & Politics

Letter Law & Politics Dear Sir, The historian Robert Conquest posited a law about politics, that the simplest way to explain the behaviour of any bureaucratic organisation is to assume that it is controlled by a cabal of its enemies. Can this 'law' explain the...

New Bishop of Liverpool

New Bishop of Liverpool

Downing Street has announced that the Ninth Bishop of Liverpool is to be the Right Reverend Doctor John Perumbalath. Bishop John is currently in the the Diocese of Chelmsford, where he has served as Bishop of Bradwell since 2018. He follows Bishop Paul Bayes who retired in February 2022.  He will be the 8th successor to the late JC Ryle.

Bishop John comes from the ancient Christian community in Kerala, South India and was ordained into the Church of North India in 1994. He moved to the UK in 2001 taking up positions in the Diocese of Rochester. Bishop John then served as Archdeacon of Barking before becoming the Bishop of Bradwell in 2018.

Amongst other roles, Bishop John is the Chair of Churches Refugee Network of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. He is the Church of England’s Lead Bishop on Churches Together in Britain and Ireland relations and a trustee of CTBI. He chairs Christians Aware, an educational charity and serves on the Anglican Communion-wide Advisory Group of USPG, an Anglican mission society. The Bishop lectures widely on faith and social engagement and in Biblical theology.

Bishop John demonstrates the influence of the evangelical, Anglo-Catholic and Oriental Orthodox traditions that shaped his theology and contributed to his formation and follows a Benedictine framework of spirituality. He has served in catholic and evangelical parishes and has been known as a unifying leader in situations of conflict. 

Bishop John is married, with one adult daughter. He is a keen walker and enjoys reading poetry and novels from various parts of the world.

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