|Church in Wales bishops 2022 from left: Bishop John Lomas, Bishop June Osborne, Bishop Gregory Cameron, Archbishop Andrew John, |
Bishop Joanna Penberthy, Bishop Cherry Vann and Bishop Mary Stallard. Source: Church in Wales
According to the 2021 census for Wales, 46.5% of the 3,063,456 population have no religion. Christians represent 43.6% while 6.3% declined to answer the 'Religion' question.
, three Roman catholic dioceses, the Archdiocese of Cardiff, the Diocese of Menevia and the Diocese of Wrexham care for 209,451 Catholic souls (nearly 70,000 per bishop).
The (Anglican) Church in Wales with six dioceses has become rather shy in publishing statistics. In 2018
the adult average Sunday attendance was 26,110 giving a figure of 4,352 souls per bishop. Today the attendance figures must be very much lower.
Illustrated above are the seven Church in Wales bishops who were to attend the 2022 Lambeth Conference
giving them "a chance to 'speak and act for the good of our world'." Sadly their view of the world is no longer in step with the majority of Anglicans.
Assistant bishop Mary Stallard was appointed by the archbishop to assist him in the management of Bangor diocese because he was said to be too busy in his capacity as archbishop. Stallard has since replaced the bishop of Llandaff, June Osborne who retired amid allegations of bullying.
The diocese of St Davids has had to manage without a bishop as a result of Joanna Penberthy's long periods of sick leave documented in Church Times
suggetsing that they are not that busy after the long absence of the former bishop of Monmouth.
From published sources it appears that the archbishop's 'busy schedule' is mainly political
with a spot of PR beach cleaning thrown in.
He would have more credibility as archbishop if he turned his attention to the spiritual life of the Church in Wales. Instead he chose to promote the Energy Footprint Tool
in his presidential address to the Last meeting of the church's Governing Body.
He also announced that "the Church would hold an Environmental Summit next year to bring together key stakeholders with the aim of making Wales 'an exemplar of good practice'." - Unlike their position in the Anglican Communion, part of the 15% criticised for 'dragging the Church into apostasy
The archbishop has since been invited to join the Gorsedd by accepting the Honorary Druid Order, the Blue Dress
, which is for Service to the Nation!
It is expected that a new bishop of St Davids will be elected in October following Joanna Penberthy's retirement
at the end of July. So no more politics please.
Joanna in St Davids and June Llandaff fulfilled an agenda which has seen the first partnered lesbian bishop in Great Britain being installed in the diocese of Monmouth.
The rot has deepened. A Christian teacher was dismissed
from The Bishop of Llandaff Church in Wales School, Cardiff, after sharing his beliefs on marriage at a staff training seminar. He had been urged to talk about his beliefs on marriage but was sacked the next day for 'hate speech
The teacher called his dismissal an "attack on Christianity" and “an affront to freedom of speech and freedom of thought".
He is not alone in his views. Many souls have been lost to the Church because there is no room in the Church in Wales for Anglicans who maintain their traditional Christian beliefs.
A revival is needed to regain them and slow the Church's decline. That will require a holy man of God, not an apostate.
The Church in Wales can not afford to fluff the election of the next Bishop of St Davids, The motto of the patron saint of Wales was 'Keep the faith' not abandon it.
"What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?"