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Scottish priest is not elected as UK’s first female bishop

Scottish priest is not elected as UK’s first female bishop

The Rev Canon Dr Alison Peden is not elected in bid to become UK’s first female bishop:


Scottish priest fails in bid to become UK’s first female bishop

Archdeacon of Newark, Ven Dr Nigel Peyton, has been elected Bishop of Brechin in the Scottish Episcopal Church.

From Scottish Television – STV

The Rev Canon Dr Alison Peden had been shortlisted to be elected Bishop of Brechin in the Scottish Episcopal Church but the Ven Dr Nigel Peyton was elected to the post on Wednesday night.

Dr Peyton, who is currently Archdeacon of Newark, Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham, said: “I am honoured to have been elected and look forward to returning to serve in the diocese where my ministry began.”

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Bill Moorhead

I agree with Ann that this represents the news media’s instinct for cluelessness. The Diocese of Brechin is a companion to our diocese (Iowa), so I have been following their election with interest and checked the news this afternoon. STV seems to have originated this story, and the BBC picked it up. All of the five candidates looked like very good candidates. Only one of them was elected. The other four were not. (That’s how it usually works, folks!)

The subtext may be that at least the Scottish Episcopal Church has no problem nominating a woman for bishop, and has done so before, although so far no woman has been elected. (The SEC has only seven dioceses, so they don’t have episcopal elections every year!) On the other hand, the Church of England continues to play with itself over the issue of women bishops, and maybe that’s why the British press gets a little goofy on an occasion like this.

Ann Fontaine

Why is the headline that she “fails” — seems that it was not a “fail” – would the headline be that for the other candidates. Did the men “fail” too? or did just one person was elected and it was not the others? GRRR!

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