Martin Warner (bishop)

Martin Clive Warner ( born December 24, 1958) is a British Anglican theologian. He is since 2012 the Bishop of Chichester in the Church of England.


Warner studied in the 1970s theology at St Chad's College, University of Durham. In preparation for the priesthood, he attended St Stephen 's House, Oxford, University of Oxford. He completed his theological studies with a Ph.D. from. His doctoral thesis dealt with the issue of Marian devotion; she is entitled Virginity Matters: power and ambiguity in the attraction of the Virgin Mary.

In 1984 he was ordained a deacon; Followed in 1985 by his priestly ordination. His priestly career began from 1984 to 1988 as an auxiliary vicar ( Assistant Curate ) on the Peter 's Church in Exeter, Devon. From 1988 to 1993 he was pastor (Team Vicar) at the Church of The Resurrection and the connected parishes ( Parish of The Resurrection ) in Leicester. Warner was chairman (Administrator ) of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham ( 1993-2002). From 1998 to 2000 he was also a priest, with the official title " Priest in Charge", of Hempton in charge of the parish in Pudding Norton. He was from 2000 to 2002 honorary canon ( Honorary Canon, Canon ) at the Norwich Cathedral. He was then pastor (Associate Vicar) at St Andrew 's Church in Holborn ( 2002-2003). From 2003 to 2010 he was Residenzkanoniker ( Canon residentiary; canon ) at St Paul 's Cathedral; 2008 to 2009 he was Treasurer of St Paul's Cathedral.

On 26 January 2010, he was in York Minster by John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, consecrated bishop. On 30 January 2010, he was officially introduced at St Hilda 's Church, Whitby in his office as " Bishop of Whitby ". He was from 2010 to 2012 as the " Bishop of Ramsbury " suffragan bishop in the Diocese of York in the Church of England. In August 2010, Warner suffered a cardiac arrest while on holiday in Florence. He was ventilated by a passerby for 20 minutes until the arrival of the ambulance and revived. In October 2010 he took up his duties as suffragan bishop again. From 2008 to 2011 Warner wrote the weekly Sunday's Readings - column of the newspaper Church Times.

3 May 2012 he was appointed Bishop of Chichester was officially announced. He was the successor of John William Hind, who was retired on 30 April 2012. His election was formally confirmed on 2 June 2012, which he Bishop of Chichester was formally. His solemn inauguration and enthronement took place in the Chichester Cathedral on 25 November 2012. The inauguration was done by Sheila Watson, the Archi deacon of Canterbury, which performs on behalf of Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, official enthronements.

Warner is a member of the conservative, traditionalist, undertook the Anglo - Catholicism, wing of the Church of England. On November 20, 2012 Warner alongside John Goddard, the Suffragan Bishop of Burnley, and Geoffrey Rowell, Bishop of Gibraltar, was one of three diocesan bishops of the Church of England who voted in the General Synod of the Church of England against the ordination of women to the episcopate. Warner had announced in the General Synod, that he himself would make any woman ordinations, especially no women will ordain women bishops. However, he stated that he would find a modus vivendi for the Diocese of Chichester, the ordination of women should be adopted to the episcopate by the General Synod. However, Warner admitted the other hand, also, that the decision taken at the General Synod of the Church of England in November 2012 rejection of bishops of the Church of England had inflicted damage. Warner's attitude toward the woman had performed ordinations in the Diocese of Chichester to massive opposition and protests from priests and church members.

Warner is an avid cyclist. His hobbies include theater, opera, medieval and contemporary art.