The 470-year-old Church of England has broken with tradition to publicly advertise for a bishop in the classified sections of two church papers.
The Church, founded in 1534 by Henry the Eighth, is seeking nominations for the post of Bishop of Hereford, in western England, at a salary of 33,000 pounds ($AU83,322), the Sunday Times newspaper reported.
Until now the nomination of bishops, among the most senior church appointments, has been done by a committee in private, with two names eventually being sent to the Prime Minister for final selection.
The job comes with a rent-free home near the city’s 11th century cathedral, with potential perks including a chauffeur, gardener, office staff and an eventual seat in the House of Lords, the paper added.
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