Well I'm glad someone leapt to the defence of my home 'city' - even if I'm
one of a population of only 4000. And there's no sense of 'fraud' involved
at all. Our Bish may have changed allegiance in terms of archdiocese, but
he always had a cathedral, namely that of St German on St Patrick's Isle,
next to Peel. It may be a ruin now, but it was only recently deconsecrated:
I believe in order to pave the way for making the newer church in Peel a
One suspects the bishopric's title was at first retained to reflect the
continuing claim the diocese felt it had over the Western Isles, even though
the Norwegian influence under which it had originally operated had long
since waned first as a result of Somerled's depredations and secondly after
the death of the last 'Norse' king of Man and the Isles in 1265.
There's plenty of evidence across the centuries, especially in the north and
west of Britain, of spheres of church influence not corresponding to areas
of secular control.
Andrew Foxon wrote
>No, Sodor and Man = the southern isles and the Isle of Man = the Viking
kingdom of the Inner Hebrides, Kintyre, Arran, Bute, Rathlin etc + the Isle
of Man, for which St German's is the Cathedral. The name 'Sodor' continues
in the Bishop's title even though the southern isles are now the
responsibility of others. When Rev Awdry invented a land to the west of
Cumbria and Lancashire for Thomas the tank engine and friends, he made use
of this historic name.
> Martin Snow wrote
> I thought Sodor is where Thomas the Tank Engine lives, or did I pay too
much attention to my son's videos and books.
>The name of the diocese seems not always to reflect the location of the
> Dr Andrew Foxon wrote:
>> > The city of Peel (Isle of Man) has St German's cathedral.
> > Andy