Peter Maurice (bishop)

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The Right Reverend
Peter Maurice
Bishop of Taunton
Diocese Diocese of Bath and Wells
In office 2006 – 30 April 2015 (retired)[1]
Predecessor Andy Radford
Successor Ruth Worsley
Other posts Archdeacon of Wells (2003–2006)
Orders
Ordination 1975
Consecration 7 December 2006[2]
Personal details
Born (1951-04-14) 14 April 1951 (age 65)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Spouse Elizabeth[3]
Children 2 sons & 1 daughter[3]
Alma mater Durham University

Peter David Maurice[4] (born 14 April 1951) was the Bishop of Taunton[3] until 30 April 2015.[1]

Maurice was educated at Durham University and the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield.[5] Ordained in 1975,[6] he was a curate at St Paul's Wandsworth, then team vicar at Mortlake with East Sheen, then of Holy Trinity Rotherhithe, Rural Dean of Bermondsey, vicar of All Saints' Tooting and finally, before his ordination to the episcopate, the Archdeacon of Wells.[3]

On 11 February 2017, fourteen retired bishops signed an open letter to the then-serving bishops of the Church of England. In an unprecedented move, they expressed their opposition to the House of Bishops' report to General Synod on sexuality, which recommended no change to the Church's canons or practises around sexuality.[7] By 13 February, a serving bishop (Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham) and nine further retired bishops — including Maurice — had added their signatures;[8] on 15 February, the report was rejected by synod.[9]

A sports fan,[10] Maurice is married to Elizabeth, with two sons and one daughter.[3]

Styles

References

  1. ^ a b Diocese of Bath & Wells – Bishop of Taunton announces retirement (Accessed 4 September 2014)
  2. ^ "Appointments". Church Times. 8 December 2006. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b c d e "Official notification of appointment". 10 Downing Street. Archived from the original on 9 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Anglican Communion
  5. ^ Who's Who 2008: London, A & C Black ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  6. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 2008/2009 Lambeth, Church House Publishing ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0
  7. ^ Retired Bishops' Letter — The Letter (Accessed 11 February 2017; the fourteen bishops were David Atkinson, Michael Doe, Tim Ellis, David Gillett, John Gladwin, Laurie Green, Richard Harries, Stephen Lowe, Stephen Platten, John Pritchard, Peter Selby, Tim Stevens, Martin Wharton, and Williamson.)
  8. ^ Retired Bishops' Letter — New Signatures (Accessed 17 February 2017; the nine bishops were Gordon Bates, Ian Brackley, John Davies, Maurice, David Rossdale, John Saxbee, Martin Shaw, Oliver Simon, and David Stancliffe.
  9. ^ The Grauniad — Church of England in turmoil as synod rejects report on same-sex relationships (Accessed 17 February 2017)
  10. ^ Debrett's People of Today, London, 2008, ISBN 978-1-870520-95-9
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Richard Acworth
Archdeacon of Wells
2003–2006
Succeeded by
Nicola Sullivan
Preceded by
Andy Radford
Bishop of Taunton
2006–2015
Succeeded by
Ruth Worsley
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