Reported cull of bishops, catherdals, and dioceses is deceptive, says Cottrell

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Rather than consider C of E ‘shrinkage’, his review will explore spiritual renewal

The Archbishop-designate of York, the Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell

The Archbishop-designate of York, the Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell

THE Archbishop-designate of York, the Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell, has dismissed a Sunday-newspaper report that he was to lead a review involving “massive shrinkage” in the number of cathedrals, dioceses, and parish churches.

The report appeared in The Sunday Times this week under the headline “Church of England weighs up cull of bishops”. It followed a meeting of the House of Bishops on Thursday of last week, which reported, besides hearing coronavirus updates and insights, “a series of breakout groups further looking at issues including political and economic change, shifts in technology, as well as the impact of demographic change”.

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