John Hind (bishop of Chichester)

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The Rt Revd
John Hind
DD[1][2] BA[3]
Bishop of Chichester
Diocese Diocese of Chichester
Installed 2001
Term ended 30 April 2012
Predecessor Eric Kemp
Successor Martin Warner
Other posts Bishop of Horsham
1991–1993
Bishop in Europe
1993–2001
Orders
Ordination 1972
Consecration 1991
Personal details
Born (1945-06-19) 19 June 1945 (age 69)
Watford, Hertfordshire
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Parents Harold Hind and Joan Kemp
Spouse Janet McLintock
Children 3 sons[4]
Profession Bishop
Alma mater Leeds University

John William Hind (born 19 June 1945 in Watford, Hertfordshire) is a theologian and former Bishop in Europe and Bishop of Chichester in the Church of England.

Education and career[edit]

Hind attended Watford Grammar School for Boys and went to Leeds University where he studied theology before teaching in a secondary school and a college of education. Following training for ordination at Cuddesdon College he was ordained in Southwark Cathedral in 1972.[4]

After parish ministry in the Diocese of Southwark; St John's Catford as a curate (1972–76) and Christ Church, Forest Hill as vicar (1976–82), Hind was appointed the Principal of Chichester Theological College in 1982.[4]

Hind became the area (and suffragan) Bishop of Horsham in the Chichester diocese in 1991 and in 1993 became the Bishop in Europe ("Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe" in full).[4]

On the retirement of Eric Kemp in 2001 after 26 years as Bishop of Chichester, Hind succeeded him in the see which had included Saint Wilfrid, Saint Richard of Chichester, Lancelot Andrewes and George Bell as its bishops.

Although the Diocese of Chichester includes the city of Brighton and Hove, which has a disproportionately high percentage gay population,[citation needed] Hind has a history of opposition to initiatives such as (and including) civil partnership. He has signed a petition organised by the Coalition for Marriage, opposing same-sex marriage.[5]

Hind was also was one of the bishops who signed a letter against Rowan Williams' decision not to block the appointment of Jeffrey John as Bishop of Reading in 2003, due to John being a self-identified homosexual. The other diocesan bishop signatories (referred to by their opponents, since there were nine, as the Nazgûl) were: Michael Scott-Joynt (Bishop of Winchester), Michael Langrish (Exeter), Michael Nazir-Ali (Rochester), Peter Forster (Chester), James Jones (Liverpool), George Cassidy (Southwell & Nottingham), Graham Dow (Carlisle) and David James (Bradford).[6]

In October 2009, the Sunday Telegraph claimed that Hind had said that he would be happy to be reordained as a priest in the Roman Catholic Church and that divisions in Anglicanism could make it impossible for him to stay in the Church of England.[7] In a statement published in response to this article, Hind stated that this "is not the case" and "that I would not be willing to deny the priesthood I have exercised hitherto."[8]

In 2008 a priest in his diocese was convicted for historic child sex abuse, and a subsequent review by Baroness Butler-Sloss for the Church of England was critical of senior clergy for being slow to act on information available to them.[9] In 2011 the Archbishop of Canterbury appointed an enquiry into the long running child protection issues in the diocese. The interim enquiry report found that there had been "an appalling history" over two decades of child protection problems, and many children had suffered hurt and damage. Because of concerns that safeguarding still remained dysfunctional, Lambeth Palace took over the oversight of clergy appointments and the protection of children and vulnerable adults in the diocese.[10][11]

On 7 July 2011, Hind announced his intention to retire in April 2012.[12][13] He duly retired effective 30 April 2012 – his suffragan Mark Sowerby became Acting Bishop of Chichester (since the senior suffragan in the diocese, Wallace Benn was involved with an ongoing investigation into diocesan safeguarding procedures) and his successor (Martin Warner, Bishop of Whitby) was announced three days later.

On 28 May 2012 Hind was licensed as an honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of Portsmouth.[14]

Family[edit]

Hind is the elder son of Harold Hind (1915–97) and Joan Kemp (1918–76) and is married to Janet McLintock, a former social worker and Child Protection Adviser for the Church of England and present Child Protection Adviser for the Diocese of Guildford.[citation needed] They have three children.[4]

Styles[edit]

  • John Hind Esq (1945–1972)
  • The Revd John Hind (1972–1991)
  • The Rt Revd John Hind (1991–2009)
  • The Rt Revd Dr John Hind (2009–present)

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