Comments: Opinion - 9 August 2017

The Beaker would be very funny, if it were not true. But sadly a true story to be found in so many parishes seeking a 'house for duty priest' 'two days of the week'

A shame on the diocese and parish for such misrepresentation of the truth.

Some clergy find it hard to retire, and see these vacancies as a opportunity to carry on their ministry at a less hectic pace. The truth is as Beaker describes.

The welfare of retired clergy are the concern of the whole church, and using them as cheap labour is a disgrace.

Let the Church of England come clean about these vacancies, and also prepare their priests for a decent retirement. A time for them to grow in their own spiritual life, being ministered to, instead of always ministering to folk.

We are all on our 'journey' into God, and priests and their families must be allowed time in retirement to seek their own spiritual well being.

Fr John Emlyn ( a retired priest.)

Posted by Fr John E. Harris-White at Wednesday, 9 August 2017 at 12:03pm BST

Francis young does make some good points, although they are coloured by his pro-Roman Catholic bias. After all, the nomenclature of the RC Church is biased itself, since their appropriation of the word "Catholic" might not be appreciated by the Churches in Communion with the Ecumenical Patriarch

Posted by Richard Grand at Wednesday, 9 August 2017 at 7:40pm BST

Francis Young is right regarding the wrong use of "Anglican" (and I greatly dislike the word "Anglicanism" - not something is which I believe). However, ecclesia Anglicana, used in Magna Carta, means "English Church" not "Church of England". But an older term is ecclesia Angliae, used e.g. in the letters of S.Anselm DOES mean "Church of England". Ecclesia Anglicana in fact was normally translated as "Church of England" in the later Middle Ages, usually spelt "chirche of Engelond". It was then in communion with the See of Rome and the rest of the "Western Church" but its gradual separation, finalised I suppose with the excommunication of Queen Elizabeth I, did not in English law mean any break in continuity. It was and it remained and remains the Church of England (with the adjective "Anglican" still absent). Here in Australia, in the 19th century, the Church of England (or, for a time, the United Church of England and Ireland) was often referred to as the Episcopal Church or the English Church, never the Anglican Church. We have now the "Anglican Church of Australia" though I for one regret that the name "Church of Australia" was not adopted, as proposed in the 1880s and again, for example, by Archbishop Fisher in the 1950s. "Anglican" is hardly appropriate for a Church that from the beginning has included Scottish and Irish members. Just some comments from an Australian Episcopalian !

Posted by John Bunyan at Thursday, 10 August 2017 at 2:01am BST

Unfortunately there are no details as to where to obtain the Parish Profile for the Bloodletting Benefice nor from whom to request an Application Form?

Posted by Father David at Thursday, 10 August 2017 at 8:16am BST

I would add to Fr. John that you also need a large turbo or supercharged engine, scant regard for the rules of the road and a willingness to force other road users out of your way. Rural ministry best suits the hyperactive who need little sleep and can round cattle or sheep out of the church yard (or church).
In many dioceses it seems to be the middle aged single female non-stipendiary clergy who are deemed suitable for this type of work. Make of that what you will, but the flogging a willing horse style of personnel management will collapse once the horse does.

Posted by Lavinia Nelder at Thursday, 10 August 2017 at 1:33pm BST
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