|Bishop of Carlisle|
|In office||2000 – April 2009 (retired)|
|Other posts||Bishop of Willesden (1992–2000)|
|Ordination||1967 (deacon); 1968 (priest)|
|Born||4 July 1942|
|Parents||Ronald and Dorothy Christie|
|Spouse||Molly Sturges (m. 1966)|
|Children||3 adult sons; 1 adult daughter|
|Alma mater||The Queen's College, Oxford|
Position and statements
Dow was one of the rebel bishops who signed a letter against Rowan Williams' decision not to block the appointment of Jeffrey John as Bishop of Reading in 2003. The other diocesan bishop signatories (referred to, since there were nine, as the Nazgûl) were: Michael Scott-Joynt (Bishop of Winchester), Michael Langrish (Exeter), Michael Nazir-Ali (Rochester), Peter Forster (Chester), James Jones (Liverpool), George Cassidy (Southwell & Nottingham), John Hind (Chichester) and David James (Bradford).
In 2005, Dow attracted media attention when he said that a stone in Carlisle inscribed with a 16th-century curse should be removed. The curse was pronounced on the Border Reivers by the Archbishop of Glasgow and was inscribed on a stone as part of the city's millennium celebrations. Subsequently, some Carlisle residents blamed disasters, such as an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease, flooding and the relegation of the local football team from its league on the presence of the stone. Dow stated that "The original curse was not a godly act. For this reason I have always said that it would be better if the stone were not there" and said he intended to ask the current Archbishop of Glasgow, Mario Conti, to come to Carlisle and perform a blessing to remove the curse.
Natural disasters as divine retribution
In July 2007, following widespread storms over parts of the United Kingdom, Dow stated that he believed the resulting flooding (in which several people were killed) was an act of divine retribution, the result of God's "strong and definite judgement" on the "moral degradation" of British society. In particular, he blamed the economic exploitation of poorer nations and the United Kingdom's introduction of laws aimed at reducing discrimination against gay people, notably the proposals to introduce same-sex marriage. He stated that "the Sexual Orientation Regulations are part of a general scene of permissiveness. We are in a situation where we are liable for God's judgement."
According to an article in The Times, Dow is a specialist in exorcism, explaining in a leaflet entitled Explaining Deliverance that "There is a view that both oral and anal sexual practice is liable to allow entry to spirits."
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- Holy Trinity history pages
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- 'Diocese of Carlisle Archived 28 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine
- Telegraph – And suspicion begat spite, back-stabbing and schism
- Frost's Meditations – Nazir-Ali Archived 26 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine
- Bishop stands firm on 'ungodly' curse Archived 28 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine The Cumberland News 11 March 2005
- Astute launch pictures
- Wynne-Jones, Jonathan (1 July 2007). "Floods are judgement on society, say bishops". The Telegraph. Retrieved 7 July 2012.
- Article in The Times Online, July 4 2007 Retrieved July 2011
- Ruth Gledhill, 'The face', The Times, 3 July 2007
- Rev. Dr. Malcolm Johnson (30 August 2013). Diary of a Gay Priest: The Tightrope Walker. Christian Alternative. p. 207. ISBN 978-1-78099-999-9.
- "Retirement of Bishop of Carlisle". Diocese of Carlisle website. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 7 July 2012.