What happens when a Bishop of England and Wales retires?
By that I mean that he no longer lurks around his old Diocese but takes off to spend his remaining years on earth doing - what?
There are some, no doubt, who seek a home within a monastery, especially if they are of an Order and that would appear to be a good and wholesome way of contemplating the hourglass, in the company of one's brothers in Christ.
Some, no doubt, take off for the two bedroomed bungalow in Surbiton within easy reach of the golf course, fair enough; each to his own.
But, how would it be if the Bishop Emeritus in question cast his eyes on a rather luxurious flat in the heart of London's Mayfair, South Kensington or Knightsbridge?
Might that cause one to pause and wonder on the complexities of following a humble life style?
|A humble retreat fit for a king (or a Bishop)|
Especially if the price tag was, let us say, in excess of £1,500,000?
Now the laws of litigation prevent me from going further and, indeed, I am not sure that it would be a good thing to reveal the name of the Bishop concerned but it does seem to me a very long way from the sort of life Christ would wish one of His own to abide by.
But then, this Bishop does belong to the Church of Nice or, should that be the Church of Nice 'n' Easy?