Michael Scott-Joynt

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Michael Scott-Joynt
Bishop of Winchester
Church Church of England
Term ended2011
Predecessor Colin James
Successor Tim Dakin
Other posts Bishop of Stafford
1987–1995 (area bishop: 1992–1995)
Personal details
Born(1943-03-15)15 March 1943
Bromley, Kent
Died27 September 2014(2014-09-27) (aged 71)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
SpouseLouise White (1965—2014, his death)
Children2 sons & 1 daughter
Alma mater King’s College, Cambridge

Michael Charles Scott-Joynt (15 March 1943 – 27 September 2014) was an English bishop and a Prelate of the Order of the Garter. He was appointed Bishop of Winchester, one of the five senior bishoprics in the Church of England, in 1995. [1] He had previously served as Bishop of Stafford in the Diocese of Lichfield from 1987 and before that as a canon residentiary at St Albans Cathedral. [2] On 10 October 2010, it was announced that Scott-Joynt intended to retire, which he did in May 2011. [3]

Prelate High-ranking member of the clergy

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Order of the Garter Order of chivalry in England

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Bishop of Winchester Diocesan bishop in the Church of England

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Education and career

Scott-Joynt was educated at King’s College, Cambridge (BA 1965, MA 1968) and Cuddesdon Theological College. He was ordained as a deacon in 1967 and priest in 1968. He was a curate at Church of All Saints, Cuddesdon (1967–70) and a tutor at Cuddesdon College (1967–71); he then served as Chaplain of Cuddesdon (1971–72). He was Team Vicar of Newbury (1972–75); priest-in-charge at Caversfield (1975–79); Bicester (1975–79); and Bucknell (1976–79). He was rector of the Bicester Area Team Ministry (1979–81); Rural Dean of Bicester and Islip (1976–81); a residential canon of St Albans Cathedral (1982–87); and Director of Ordinands and In-Service Training in the Diocese of St Albans (1982–87). He was the suffragan Bishop of Stafford (1987–1995, area bishop 1992–1995) before being appointed as Bishop of Winchester in 1995, retiring in 2011. He was consecrated a bishop on 22 July 1987, by Robert Runcie, Archbishop of Canterbury, at Southwark Cathedral. [4]

Deacon ministry in the Christian Church

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Priest person authorized to lead the sacred rituals of a religion (for a minister use Q1423891)

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Church of All Saints, Cuddesdon Church in Oxfordshire, England

The Church of All Saints is a Church of England parish church in Cuddesdon, Oxfordshire. The church is a grade I listed building and it dates from the 12th century.

He married Louise White in 1965 and they had two sons and one daughter. On 27 September 2014, he died at the age of 71. [5]


He attracted note for some of his more outspoken opinions. His Christmas Day sermon of 2001 was titled "This Terror Is a Judgment upon Us". In it, he called the 11 September 2001 attacks "cruelly evil as they were" a judgment upon the developed nations' promotion of their own standard of living at the expense of the global poor, and condemned the Middle East policies of the Western nations. He was also one of 52 UK bishops who signed a letter in 2003 calling for reform of arms export laws.

Sermon oration by a member of the clergy

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Middle East region that encompasses Western Asia and Egypt

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Arms industry industrial sector which manufactures weapons and military technology and equipment

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He chaired a Church of England committee in 2000, which urged a lifting of the ban on remarriage of divorcees whose former spouse was still living. The report insisted that the Church of England was not abandoning its position that marriage is for life, but rather acknowledging the situation of many within society whose former marriages had long ceased to have any real existence. [6] However, he insisted at the time that this would not necessarily open the way for Prince Charles to marry Camilla Parker Bowles. In the event, the wedding of Prince Charles and Parker Bowles took the form of a civil marriage which was immediately followed by a service of blessing in St George's Chapel, Windsor.

Church of England Anglican state church of England

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Civil marriage marriage performed, recorded, and recognized by a government official

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In 2003, he was (unexpectedly at the time) signatory to an open letter from 17 Church of England bishops opposing the nomination of Jeffrey John, an openly gay priest in a long-term relationship, as suffragan bishop-designate of Reading. [7] The other nine diocesan bishop signatories were: Michael Langrish (Exeter), Michael Nazir-Ali (Rochester), Peter Forster (Chester), James Jones (Liverpool), George Cassidy (Southwell & Nottingham), Graham Dow (Carlisle), John Hind (Chichester) and David James (Bradford). [8]

Jeffrey John Dean of St Albans; Bishop-designate of Reading; British Anglican priest

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Reading, Berkshire Place in England

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Michael Laurence Langrish is a retired English Anglican bishop. He was Bishop of Exeter from 2000 to 2013.

Scott-Joynt was one of the Church of England's most prominent supporters of traditional sexual morality, for example voting against the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations in the House of Lords because there was no provision for religious conscience. He also argued that the introduction of civil partnership legislation in the UK threatened the uniqueness of marriage and declared he would closely question clergy in his diocese who entered a civil partnership. [9] In 2008, he said, in relation to the exclusion of Christians in same-sex relationships from positions of leadership (such as bishoprics like his own): "I see no future for the Anglican Communion as we know it, or for the Church of England as we know it, if either deserts this teaching." [10]


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  1. "No. 51000". The London Gazette . 20 July 1987. p. 9239.
  2. "No. 51000". The London Gazette . 25 September 1995 1987. p. 12953.Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. Diocese of Winchester — Bishop Michael announces retirement in May 2011 Archived 22 July 2011 at Archive.today
  4. "picture caption" . Church Times (#6494). 31 July 1987. p. 2. ISSN   0009-658X . Retrieved 1 June 2019 via UK Press Online archives.
  5. "The Rt Rev Michael Scott-Joynt – obituary". Telegraph. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  6. [Bishop Michael's Speeches: Marriage in Church after Divorce, General Synod, 9 July 200? — The following is the introduction to a debate on "Marriage In Church After Divorce" (GS 1449), which took place in York on 9 July]. Retrieved 2008-05-07
  7. Telegraph – And suspicion begat spite, back-stabbing and schism
  8. Frost's Meditations – Nazir-Ali Archived 26 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  9. Bishop Michael's Speeches: The coming into effect of the Civil Partnerships Act 2 December 2005—A Statement by the Bishop of Winchester Archived 22 July 2011 at Archive.today . Retrieved 2008-05-07
  10. "BBC NEWS | World | Europe | Jersey | Island's bishop speaks of gay row". news.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 12 April 2014.
Church of England titles
Preceded by
John Waller
Bishop of Stafford
Succeeded by
Christopher Hill
Preceded by
Colin James
Bishop of Winchester
Succeeded by
Tim Dakin