Irish electoral college fails to appoint Bishop of Meath and Kildare: The Church of England Newspaper, June 9, 2013 p 4. June 15, 2013Posted by geoconger in Church of England Newspaper, Church of Ireland.
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The Church of Ireland’s Episcopal Electoral College for the Diocese of Meath and Kildare has failed to appoint a new bishop.
No candidate received the required two-thirds majority from the approximately 60 members of the college after five rounds of balloting at the 28 May 2013 meeting at Christchurch Cathedral in Dublin.
In January the college elected the Archdeacon of Meath and Kildare, the Ven Leslie Stevenson, as Bishop. However following protestations about his suitability aired in the press and on the Internet Archdeacon Stevenson declined to accept the office.
Delegates who participated in the January election were recalled to participate in last week’s vote after the Church of Ireland’s assessor determined the second election was continuation of the first meeting. The Archbishop of Dublin, and the bishops of Cork and Tuam represented the House of Bishop’s at Tuesday’s neeting.
The Church of Ireland press office stated: “The decision now passes to the House of Bishops, which will meet in due course. The Archbishop of Dublin, The Most Rev Michael Jackson, said: “I wish to express my thanks to all concerned and undertake to now convey this information to the Secretary of the House of Bishops.”