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David Hope, Baron Hope of Thornes

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The Lord Hope of Thornes

Archbishop of York
In office1995–2005
PredecessorJohn Habgood
SuccessorJohn Sentamu
Ordination1965 (deacon); 1966 (priest)
Consecration18 October 1985
by John Habgood
Personal details
Born (1940-04-14) 14 April 1940 (age 81)
Previous post(s)Bishop of London (1991–1995)
Bishop of Wakefield (1985–1991)
Alma materUniversity of Nottingham
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
In office
4 April 2005 – 30 April 2015
Life Peerage
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Spiritual
In office
2 July 1991 – 28 February 2005

David Michael Hope, Baron Hope of Thornes, KCVO, PC (born 14 April 1940) is a retired Anglican bishop. He was the Bishop of Wakefield between 1985 and 1991, and the Bishop of London between 1991 and 1995. From 1995 to 2005, he was the Archbishop of York in the Church of England.[1] In March 2005, he was made a life peer and therefore a member of the House of Lords; he had already sat in the house as a Lord Spiritual when he was a bishop. He retired from the Lords in April 2015.

Early career

Hope was ordained deacon in 1965 and priest in 1966. After a curacy in West Derby he was Vicar of Orford from 1970 to 1974. In that year he became Principal of St Stephen's House, an Anglo-Catholic theological college in Oxford, from 1974 until 1982. He was Vicar of All Saints, Margaret Street, an Anglo-Catholic church in the West End of London from 1982 to 1985.

Hope was nominated to become Bishop of Wakefield on 2 July 1985,[2] consecrated as a bishop by John Habgood, Archbishop of York, on 18 October at York Minster[3] and enthroned at Wakefield Cathedral on 29 October.[4] He was translated to become Bishop of London with the confirmation of his election to that See on 2 July 1991[5] and enthroned at St Paul's Cathedral on 14 September.[6] Hope was Master of the Guardians of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham from 1982 to 1993.

Archbishop of York

Having become Archbishop of York with the confirmation of his election at Lambeth Palace in September/October 1995,[7] Hope was enthroned at York Minster on 8 December 1995.[8] After Peter Tatchell alleged in the same year that Hope was gay as part of a much criticised OutRage! "outing" campaign,[9][10] Hope had said that his sexuality is "a grey area".[11] "He said that his sexuality was 'ambiguous' and that he was celibate."[12] On 26 October 1995 he was appointed a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO),[13] an honour in the personal gift of the Queen. Hope was one of four English bishops who declined to sign the Cambridge Accord, an attempt in 1999 to find agreement on affirming certain human rights of homosexuals, notwithstanding differences within the church on the morality of homosexual behaviour.[14] On 30 June 2004, together with Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, and on behalf of all 114 Anglican bishops, he wrote to Tony Blair expressing deep concern about government policy and criticising the coalition troops' conduct in Iraq. The letter cited the abuse of Iraqi detainees, which was described as having been "deeply damaging", and stated that the government's apparent double standards "diminish the credibility of western governments".[15][16] Hope conducted a series of disciplinary hearings involving errant clergy within his province.

On 1 August 2004 it was announced that Hope would step down as Archbishop of York to become a parish priest at St Margaret's Church in Ilkley. He did so on 28 February 2005.

Later years

In recognition of his contribution to the church, Downing Street announced on 25 January 2005 that Hope was to be created a life peer;[17] the title was gazetted as Baron Hope of Thornes, of Thornes in the County of West Yorkshire, on 6 April 2005 (dated 31 March 2005).[18] On 4 August 2006 he was appointed to the Court of Ecclesiastical Causes Reserved for a period of five years.[19] On 10 September 2006, Hope announced his resignation as Vicar of St Margaret's, Ilkley, owing to ill health. He stated that he intended to continue to work a three-day week at St Margaret's until the end of 2006, but after that would serve as an honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of Bradford (and later in the successor Diocese of Leeds.) On 1 October 2007 it was announced that he would also serve as an honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe;[20] that licence lapsed in 2012. Hope has also been an honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of Blackburn since 2008.

In April 2013, it was reported that in 1999 and 2003, Hope had been made aware of allegations of child sexual abuse against a former Dean of Manchester, Robert Waddington. Hope removed Waddington's right to officiate at services but did not refer Waddington to the authorities because of his ill health.[21] Following the 2014 report of the Cahill Inquiry, Hope resigned his post as honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of Leeds on 27 October 2014.[22] He retired from the House of Lords on 30 April 2015.[23]

Styles and titles

  • Doctor David Hope (1965)
  • The Reverend Doctor David Hope (1965–1985)
  • The Right Reverend Doctor David Hope (1985–1991)
  • The Right Reverend and Right Honourable Doctor David Hope (1991–1995)
  • The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Doctor David Hope KCVO (1995 – 28 February 2005)
  • The Right Reverend and Right Honourable Doctor David Hope KCVO (28 February – 31 March 2005)
  • The Right Reverend and Right Honourable The Lord Hope of Thornes KCVO PC (31 March 2005 – present)


  1. ^ "No. 54149". The London Gazette. 6 September 1995. p. 12103.
  2. ^ "Two new bishops are named". Church Times (#6386). 5 July 1985. p. 1. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 22 February 2016 – via UK Press Online archives.
  3. ^ "New bishop consecrated". Church Times (#6402). 25 October 1985. p. 3. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 22 February 2016 – via UK Press Online archives.
  4. ^ "New Bishop of Wakefield enthroned". Church Times (#6403). 1 November 1985. p. 3. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 22 February 2016 – via UK Press Online archives.
  5. ^ "London has a bishop again". Church Times (#6699). 5 July 1991. p. 1. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 22 February 2016 – via UK Press Online archives.
  6. ^ "'It's a matter of how we live with the differences'". Church Times (#6709). 13 September 1991. p. 8. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 22 February 2016 – via UK Press Online archives.
  7. ^ "Diary". Church Times (#6924). 27 October 1995. p. 8. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 22 February 2016 – via UK Press Online archives.
  8. ^ Abide with me: the world of Victorian hymns – Bradley, Ian C. – p. 232
  9. ^ Rainbow (german)
  10. ^ "David Hope's triumph of faith". Yorkshire Post. 11 November 2004. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
  11. ^ "Gay bishop gets church's support". NewsComAu. Retrieved 14 May 2017.
  12. ^ Darnton, John (19 March 1995). "Gay Issue Roils Church of England". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 14 May 2017.
  13. ^ "No. 54202". The London Gazette. 3 November 1995. p. 14877.
  14. ^ "Cambridge Accord (with UK signatories and refusals to sign)". Archived from the original on 25 July 2011. Retrieved 27 February 2011.
  15. ^ (BBC)
  16. ^ (The Scotsman)
  17. ^ "No. 57551". The London Gazette. 4 February 2005. p. 1377.
  18. ^ "No. 57605". The London Gazette. 6 April 2005. p. 4469.
  19. ^ "No. 58062". The London Gazette. 4 August 2006. p. 10685.
  20. ^ "Former Archbishop Accepts New Role in Europe". Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe. 1 October 2007. Archived from the original on 5 November 2007. Retrieved 20 November 2007.
  21. ^ Batty, David (10 May 2013). "Church of England facing new child abuse allegations". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  22. ^ "Hope ends formal ministry after Cahill Inquiry findings". Church Times (#). 31 October 2014. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  23. ^ Retired members of the House of Lords

External links

Church of England titles
Preceded by
Colin James
Bishop of Wakefield
Succeeded by
Nigel McCulloch
Preceded by
Graham Leonard
Bishop of London
Succeeded by
Richard Chartres
Preceded by
John Habgood
Archbishop of York
Succeeded by
John Sentamu
Academic offices
Preceded by
Derek Allen
Principal of St Stephen's House, Oxford
Succeeded by
David Thomas
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