Talk:Bishop of Wakefield

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Bishops and Lord Bishops[edit]

There are forty-four diocesan archbishops and bishops in the Church of England, but only twenty-six are permitted to sit in the House of Lords. The Archbishops of Canterbury and York automatically have a seat. As do the Bishops of London, Durham and Winchester. The remaining twenty-one seats are filled in order of seniority in order of their consecration. It may take a diocesan Bishop a number of years before they qualify to take a seat. Until then, they are not a Lord Bishop, simply a Bishop. The Bishops of Sodor and Man and Gibraltar in Europe are not eligible to sit in the House of Lords.
At present, the Bishop of Wakefield can not take a seat because his consecration is not high enough. Look at who can see sit in the House of Lords here. Scrivener-uki (talk) 16:13, 12 December 2008 (UTC)

Whether or not a bishop sits in the House or Lords does not have relevance to use of the title 'Lord Bishop'. A bishop has the status of a Lord by virtue of their office of bishop, not by their being Lords Spiritual. This is the same for members of the peerage, who may be lords even though they do not sit in the House. There is no evidence for this modern practice or reserving Lord for either diocesans or bishops in the Lords. There is, however, plenty of evidence of the use of Lord for any bishop, and the Church of England and Crockfords concur that a bishop in possession of a See may be styled Lord Bishop. --Dodgerjammy (talk) 10:27, 6 November 2016 (UTC)

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