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Out of the question

No confession and absolution?

Out of the question: At an Ascension Day service there was no confession and no absolution. When I questioned the priest, saying that I did not think the service was valid, he simply said "Oh." I then said: "Does that not concern you?" and he replied "No." Am I correct in my assumption?

Anglican and Nonconformist?

Out of the question:  A friend is a communicant member of the C of E on weekdays but a Nonconformist on Sundays. Is this unusual? Would anyone comment?

Dually Quaker and Anglican

Out of the question: A friend is a communicant member of the C of E on weekdays but a Nonconformist on Sundays. Is this unusual? Would anyone comment?

New Testament writers’ quotations

Out of the question: New Testament writers quote the scriptures with commendable accuracy. Given that they had no text in front of them, and heard the scriptures read only on the sabbath, how did they manage it?

Raising the conduct of services

Out of the question: How can I (a clergy widow, and therefore in an awkward position to comment) encourage our Rector to conduct the only service on a Sunday which is a eucharist with dignity? 

Out of the question

Out of the question: Would it be appropriate to suggest to the Bishop the name of a retired priest who has had, and still maintains, an outstanding ministry for possible appointment as a prebendary or honorary canon, or would the fact that he is retired and over 70 make him ineligible? If the latter, could his outstanding ministry be recognised in any other way?

Out of the Question

Out of the question: What should we do with unwanted books - theological and other topics - when downsizing for retirement? 

Why parish communion spread

Out of the question: Why was the Parish Communion Movement so successful, changing the liturgical practice of the Church of England so quickly?

New deanery reps

Out of the question: When the deanery synod meets in May, should the newly elected be invited or the representatives for the past triennium?

Fast-tracked Reader

Out of the question: A Reader in our parish for two years is to be "fast-tracked" to ordination and be the curate this year, not having been to a Bishops' Advisory Panel. The churchwardens have not been consulted about character or suitability. Can this legally be done? Can any appeal be made, and to whom, as our Bishops are not listening? 

Reader on ‘fast track’ to curacy

Out of the question: A Reader in our parish for two years is to be "fast-tracked" to ordination and be the curate this year, not having been to a Bishops' Advisory Panel. The churchwardens have not been consulted about character or suitability. Can this legally be done? Can any appeal be made, and to whom, as our Bishops are not listening?

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