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The Irish Independent piece is a comment on a controversy which began with the Archbishop's presidential address to our diocesan synods. you can read it here:

The controversy has continued in the pages of the Irish Times - including front page articles - where the term 'Polyester Protestant' was first used in print.

Posted by Paul Barlow at Saturday, 9 November 2013 at 12:03pm GMT

Craig A Satterlee - how about instead of sitting the congregation stood. And the pastor sat. Oh wait, that was the case - some time ago.

Posted by Pam at Saturday, 9 November 2013 at 10:01pm GMT

What does "polyester Protestant" actually mean? Is it that converts from Roman Catholicism to Anglicanism are the sort of people who wear man-made fibres rather than natural materials, and are therefore thought to be downmarket?

This is the only explanation I can think of, since I can't imagine it applies to cheap polyester chasubles, which Roman Catholics might wear but wouldn't be worn in the Church of Ireland because they don't wear chasubles at all. But as an explanation it seems very far-fetched.

Posted by Veuster at Sunday, 10 November 2013 at 3:22pm GMT

Since 'Polyester Protestant' seems to have been a term that none of my colleagues had heard it's meaning is unclear. I think it's supposed to imply 'not real' in some way. They aren't 'one of us'. (Since I would not normally describe myself as a Protestant it's all a bit mystifying to me, but then I'm English and a blow in.)

Posted by Paul Barlow at Sunday, 10 November 2013 at 5:17pm GMT

Dear Veuster. If I may be so naughty, the idiom refers to people who are so low-church and wear vestments or clerical garb so rarely that when they do, they buy them on the cheap and catch fire if they position themselves to close to a source of heat. Libellous of course, but that's the origin.

Posted by Lorenzo at Sunday, 10 November 2013 at 5:44pm GMT
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