New Bishop Of Sheffield Announced As Traditionalist Anglo-Catholic Philip North
by Harry Farley, Christian Today:
The traditionalist Anglo-Catholic Philip North is being promoted to be the new Bishop of Sheffield, Downing Street has announced.
Currently Bishop of Burnley, Rt Rev Philip North, 50, will replace Steven Croft, now Bishop of Oxford, and will consecrated at Sheffield Cathedral in July 2017. Known for his strong opposition to women priests and bishops, North’s appointment will be seen as the Church strengthening relations with its conservative Catholic wing.
The promotion, from a more junior suffragan bishop to be a senior diocesan bishop, was announced on the same day as Anglican and Catholic bishops gather in Birmingham for a two-day joint conference.
North’s consecration as Bishop of Burnley proved controversial when no bishop laid hands on him who had previously laid hands on a woman bishop or priest.
It is the custom for all bishops present at the consecration service to join in laying hands on the candidate to elevate them to the order of bishop. But at his consecration in York Minster bishops present who had approved the ordination of women through the laying on of hands did not lay hands on North.