Dominic Walker (bishop)

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The Right Reverend
Dominic Walker
Bishop Emeritus of Monmouth
Monmouth VIPs Bishop Dominic Walker.jpg
Diocese Diocese of Monmouth
In office 2003-2013
Predecessor Rowan Williams
Other posts Area Bishop of Reading (1997–2002)
Ordination 1972 (priest)
Consecration 1997
Personal details
Birth name Dominic Edward William Murray Walker
Born (1948-06-28) 28 June 1948 (age 67)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglicanism
Profession Bishop, theologian
Alma mater King's College London
Heythrop College, London.

Dominic Edward William Murray Walker OGS DL (born 28 June 1948) is a retired Anglican bishop.[1] He was the Bishop of Reading, an area bishop, from 1997 to 2002 and Bishop of Monmouth from 2003 to 2013.

Early life[edit]

Walker was the second child to a Welsh mother and English father. He was brought up on Dartmoor. [2] He was educated at Plymouth College[3] King's College London, Heythrop College in London and the University of Wales .

Ordained ministry[edit]

Walker was ordained priest in 1972.[4] He began his ministry with a curacy at St Faith's Southwark[5] after which he was domestic chaplain to the Bishop of Southwark,[6] rector of Newington St Mary, Team Rector of St Peter, St Nicholas & the Chapel Royal Brighton, Rural Dean of Brighton and a canon and prebendary of Chichester Cathedral.

Walker never married and became a member of the Oratory of the Good Shepherd. He served as father superior from 1990 to 1996.[4]

Walker was appointed Bishop of Reading, an area bishop in the Diocese of Oxford, in 1997.[4] He then became a diocesan bishop as the Bishop of Monmouth in the Church in Wales in 2003, succeeding Rowan Williams who had become the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Church of England.

Walker's last episcopal seat was at Newport Cathedral. At the end of 2012, it was announced that he intended to retire, which he did on 30 June 2013.[7] In retirement he is an honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of Swansea and Brecon.[4]

Views on animal welfare[edit]

Walker has strong views on animal welfare. He joined the RSPCA as a teenager.[8] In 2010 he called for church services to "pray for animal casualties" of World War One [9] and consistently opposes the live animal exportation market. His views were expressed in a speech when he said that:

"... I would suggest that we need to stop and repent - to look and think again about our role in creation. If you say to most Christians, what was the great moment in the biblical creation narratives, they will say when God made us in his own image. That's wrong. It was the seventh day when God rested and the world was at peace. There is a theme in the Hebrew scriptures that tells us that we only ate meat after the Fall and it looks forward to a return to Paradise where the lion will lie down with the lamb. Our role in creation is to have dominion - not domination - perhaps stewardship is a better word - to have stewardship of creation knowing that we shall be judged for how we have cared for God's world and that includes all sentient beings. Secondly, I think we need to put animals on the church agenda. We could begin by including them in our prayers. At this time of year I attend various harvest celebrations and we pray for the farmers, the food producers and the crops - but rarely do we pray for animals."[10]

When a vicar in Brighton, he gave permission for animals being present in the church. Also in Brighton he, alongside Andrew Bowden , also participated in a demonstration against live animal exportation.

As of 2015, Walker is still vice-president of the RSPCA.[11]

Paranormal and exorcisms[edit]

Walker is an expert on the paranormal and has published many articles on the topic. He is a trained exorcist[12] and has said that during his 35 years of ordained ministry he has performed "countless acts of deliverance along with six exorcisms".[12]

In an August 2015 article, which concentrated on the death of Morgan Freeman's step-granddaughter, Walker rejected the use of violence when performing an exorcism.[13] He argued that an exorcism is the command of the mouth.[clarification needed]


In 2015 the British tabloid press published articles saying that Walker had reported Leo Abse, George Thomas and Enoch Powell to the police as suspected paedophiles.[14] He said that "A number of survivors independently gave the name of a particular MP being involved ... I don’t believe there was any collusion in their stories."[15] Walker went on to tell senior clerics that Abse was named by three abuse survivors whom he had counselled when a vicar in Brighton in the 1980s.

Upon retirement, Walker became a "humble monk".[16] He has since settled in Monmouth and continues to deliver conference papers and lectures. He lectured in July 2015 at the University of Warwick.[17]


  1. ^ BBC Wales story
  2. ^
  3. ^ Who's Who 2008: London, A & C Black ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  4. ^ a b c d "Dominic Edward William Murray WALKER". People of Today. Debrett's. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  5. ^ Church information
  6. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 2008/2009 Lambeth, Church House Publishing ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0
  7. ^ "Bishop to retire in June 2013". Church in Wales. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ BBC website.
  10. ^ ASWA website.
  11. ^ RSPCA website.
  12. ^ a b Wales Online website.
  13. ^ Christian Today website.
  14. ^ Pink News website.
  15. ^ Daily Mail.
  16. ^ South Wales Argus.
  17. ^ Diocese of Swansea and Brecon website.
Church of England titles
Preceded by
John Bone
Bishop of Reading
Succeeded by
Stephen Cottrell
Church in Wales titles
Preceded by
Rowan Williams
Bishop of Monmouth
Succeeded by
Richard Pain

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