The Arundel and Brighton diocesan pastoral council discussed whether the diocese should be divided into two smaller dioceses, as proposed earlier this year by the national Committee for the Review of Diocesan Boundaries in their report "Ground Plan".
Deanery pastoral councils and diocesan societies have been debating this, and their representatives reported a variety of views. Many thought that establishing the administration for a new diocese would be too costly in manpower and money.
Some took the view of Mr Bernard Prendergast (Horsham Deanery), that "the role of the bishop is to be the leader. The administrative aspect is a secondary issue. When the' basic role of the Church has been got right, the administration will take care of itself."
The council deferred any vote on this plan until its next meeting next March, so that discussion could continue.
Bishop Bowen will ask the clergy of the diocese for their views at a special meeting.