James Lawton Thompson


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James Lawton "Jim" Thompson (11 August 1936 – 19 September 2003) was an Anglican bishop. He was firstly the area Bishop of Stepney (one of five Episcopal Areas of the Diocese of London in the Church of England) from 1978 to 1991 and later the diocesan Bishop of Bath & Wells in succession to George Carey who had become Archbishop of Canterbury. He retired in 2001.

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  • ''I think a bishop who doesn't give offence to anyone is probably not a good bishop.''
    James Lawton Thompson (b. 1936), British cleric. Daily Telegraph (London, May 30, 1991).
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