Obituary: The Right Rev John Trillo

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'THERE is no Head of the Church of England,' we are told by Michael De-la-Noy (9 August, further to the obituary by Vernon Sproxton, 6 August). Really? writes the Rev Simon P. Springett.

John Trillo's gentle style of leadership encouraged the correct understanding of Christ as Head of the Church. The recent tendency to refer to diocesan offices as 'headquarters' and diocesan bishops as 'the boss' is not one John Trillo would have approved of. He knew that God's ways are not always those bishops would like them to be. When a difficult clergyman announced that God had 'told him to stay in his parish', John Trillo responded with a stage-whispered 'Whose side does He think He's on then?'