The Presiding Bishop, the King, and I

Date: January 19, 2024

On Wednesday I commended the transparency of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. He has shared every detail of his medical procedures. While commending this practice, I was more modest.

Then the day I was undergoing the surgery, I learned that King Charles announced that he would have surgery for the same condition next week. The King was equally transparent. So, please allow me to join them: yes I have had surgery on an enlarged prostate which hopefully will resolve my retention issues. I am pleased to report that the surgeon was pleased with his work; I am now in the recovery phrase, when hopefully I will learn that the surgery has been successful.

There has been a shift in my lifetime. In the 1990s privacy was primary and sharing intimate medical details was considered inappropriate. But of course this came with a high price. Fellow sufferers feel alone; people (men especially) who neglect their personal health are not reminded of checking this or that in a timely way; and people cannot pray with a sense of focus. Transparency is good. I am pleased to join the Presiding Bishop and the King in this new culture of disclosure.

The Very Rev Ian S Markham Ph.D
Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary and the President of The General Theological Seminary

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