A bishop's life is rooted in worship and prayer. Sometimes he has an off-day; physical symptoms of stress are not uncommon, for too often he puts his own needs second to those of his flock. What is true of all diocesan bishops is doubly true of the Archbishop of Canterbury, who carries extra national and international responsibilities. None of these men asked for the job, but I have never heard one complain about it for they do it for God. As they are unlikely to defend themselves I hope you will allow someone who has worked closely with bishops for many years to put the record straight.
The Venerable John Barton
Diocese of BirminghamReuse content