John Hind (bishop of Chichester)
|Bishop of Chichester|
|Church||Church of England|
|Term ended||30 April 2012|
|Other posts||Bishop of Horsham (1991–1993)|
Bishop in Europe (1993–2001)
by George Carey
|Born||19 June 1945|
|Parents||Harold Hind and Joan Kemp|
|Alma mater||Leeds University|
Education and career
Hind was born in Watford, Hertfordshire, on 19 June 1945. He 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.
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.
On the retirement of Eric Kemp in 2001 after 26 years as Bishop of Chichester, Hind succeeded him in the see which had included Wilfrid, 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, 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.
Hind was also 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).
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. 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."
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. 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.
On 7 July 2011, Hind announced his intention to retire in April 2012. 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.
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. They have three children.
- 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)
- "The Bishop of Chichester: Rt Revd John Hind". Diocese of Chichester. Archived from the original on 12 May 2002.
- Signatories | Coalition for Marriage website
- Frost's Meditations – Nazir-Ali Archived 2011-10-26 at the Wayback Machine.
- Senior Anglican bishop reveals he is ready to convert to Roman Catholicism Report by Jonathan Wynne-Jones, Religious Affairs Correspondent of the Telegraph Retrieved 2009-12-19
- "Church of England criticised over Sussex sex abuse". BBC. 25 May 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2012.
- David Batty (31 August 2012). "Child sex abuse inquiry damns Chichester church's local safeguarding". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 October 2012.
- Rowan Williams (30 August 2012). "Archbishop's Chichester Visitation - interim report published". Archbishop of Canterbury. Retrieved 16 October 2012.
- Diocese of Chichester – Bishop of Chichester to retire
- Thinking Anglicans – Bishop of Chichester to retire
- "Diocese of Portsmouth - Announcements September 2012". Archived from the original on 6 September 2012. Retrieved 13 August 2012.