According to a news article in the Telegraph, there are plans on file to reduce the number of bishop but not the number of dioceses in an attempt to reduce the operating costs of the Church of England. The primary targets are dioceses that have more than three bishops serving them.
Jonathan Petre writes:
“More than a fifth of the Church of England’s bishops could face the axe under new proposals being drawn up by its leaders.
Secret documents discovered by The Daily Telegraph reveal that the Church Commissioners – the financial wing of the Church of England – are considering reducing traditional funding for the hierarchy.
The proposals come in the wake of criticism that the Church is top heavy and the bishops too costly, while congregations are shrinking and parishes are strapped for cash.”
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