"...Yesterday, Archbishop Sentamu wrote to all clergy and Readers in the Archdeaconry of Cleveland to say, "It is with sadness that I have heard from Revd Philip North of his decision to withdraw his acceptance of the post of Bishop of Whitby.However, news is circulating that Fr North's decision may have been partly influenced by highly vocal opposition and a petition in the Cleveland area protesting at his appointment.
"This has come as a great disappointment to me personally and I am sure to many in the wider church, the Diocese and the Archdeaconry of Cleveland.
"Philip North is not a single-issue priest. As a gifted pastor-teacher he is deeply committed to the flourishing of the diverse ministries of all God’s people - lay and ordained. His dynamic vision for making Christ visible in mission and ministry, as well as serving the poor, would have been a great asset to us all..."
If this is true (and I very much hope it isn't *) then both traditionalists and the Church itself have grave problems ahead in the face of a ferocious and concerted liberalism which is intent on driving out all opposition from positions of influence in revenge for the failure of the recent synodical legislation. Petitions don't happen by accident: they are organised....
Also a BBC report [here]
*Updated: Thanks to this comment received on a previous post for a link from the Church Times confirming the story about opposition to the appointment. Again, my thanks to a further comment on this post for the link to John Bingham's report [here] in The Telegraph which supplies further information.