|The Right Reverend
|Bishop of St David's|
|Other posts||Archdeacon of Meirionnydd|
|Birth name||Carl Norman Cooper|
|Born||4 August 1960|
|Denomination||Church in Wales|
Carl Cooper (born 1960) was the Bishop of St. David's from 2002 to 2008.
Cooper was born on 4 August 1960 and grew up in Wigan in Lancashire. He first spent time in Wales as an undergraduate at the University of Wales, Lampeter, where he took a degree in French before studying theology at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford.
There then followed press speculation linking Cooper with his chaplain and communications officer, the Reverend Mandy Williams Potter. After consultation with the Archbishop of Wales, Cooper took a leave of absence on 12 March 2008; and then resigned his position on 29 April 2008. In early 2011 reports began to emerge of his having married Mandy Williams-Potter and of her being pregnant. In May 2012 it began to emerge that Mandy had left him for another man.http://gowermaster.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/its-over-for-bishop-cooper.html
Cooper and Uganda
In his role as bishop, Cooper was invited to Uganda by the "old friend of west Wales", George Katwesigye, there he met MP and University of Wales graduate David Bahati. At that meeting Cooper was quoted as saying, "Wales' influence often stretches further than we realise." David Bahati later tried to pass an act through the Ugandan Parliament to have the death penalty applied to certain homosexual acts. Bishop George Katwesigye has accused perpetrators of homosexuality of "indirectly bringing back colonialism in Uganda".
- Who's Who 2008 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
- Crockford's clerical directory1995, (London, Church House 1994) ISBN 0-7151-8088-6
- Daily Telegraph, 22 February 2008, p7
- "Bishop given leave over rumours". BBC Wales News. March 12, 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-29.
- "Bishop resigns after speculation". BBC Wales News. April 29, 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-29.
- Bishop and Vicar resign after gossip over "love affair"-article by Tom Peterkin in The Daily Telegraph issue no 47,558 (dated 30th April, 2008)
- "Press Release - Bishop of St Davids resigns". Church in Wales. April 29, 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-29.