Mervyn Stockwood

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Arthur Mervyn Stockwood (27 May 1913 – 13 January 1995) was Anglican Bishop of Southwark from 1959 to 1980.

Stockwood was born in Bridgend, Wales. Originally vicar of St Matthew's, Moorfields, in 1955 he was appointed as vicar of Great St Mary's, Cambridge Obituary: The Rt Rev Hugh Montefiore | World news | The Guardian. A flamboyant figure, he was for a time a Labour councillor.

Stockwood was encouraging of both the radical and conservative wings of the church. On the one hand, he encouraged priests wearing jeans in public, marches against racism and the training of "worker priests" in the Southwark Ordination Course, yet he was also the first English Diocesan Bishop to preach at the National Pilgrimage at the shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, of which he later became an honorary guardian.

He is particularly remembered for his appearance on the BBC chat show Friday Night, Saturday Morning, alongside Christian broadcaster Malcolm Muggeridge, arguing that the film Monty Python's Life of Brian was blasphemous. He memorably told John Cleese and Michael Palin at the end of the discussion that they would "get their thirty pieces of silver".

He was a gay bishop, but also celibate. He in fact mildly rebuked a parish priest for blessing a same-sex union in the 1970s.

In his autobiography On Chanctonbury Ring, Stockwood claimed to have had numerous paranormal experiences. The Way We Live Now The Medium Is The Massage Considering Her Financial Predicament A supporter of the Churches' Fellowship for Psychical and Spiritual Study, he said of the matter "Our job is to examine the evidence without presupposition or jumping to conclusions. The weakness of the Church has been its refusal to consider the evidence and discuss it."

Michael De-la-Noy's biography of him, Mervyn Stockwood: A Lonely Life, paints him as a socialist who loved the trappings of wealth, privilege and Royalty.

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