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How to address retired canons?

20 September 2013


Your answers

Should former canons who have ceased to hold office on moving out of the diocese or retiring, and who are not "Emeritus", still be addressed as such? Crockford seems ambivalent about this.

Congregations and communities frequently include brigadiers, lieutenant-colonels, majors, and other officers, all of whom have long retired from their respective regiments. These veterans are invariably addressed according to the rank that they held on their return to civilian life, and this seems to provide a parallel case that justifies the way in which former canons can still be addressed as such.

This courteous respect for their former office will extend to and include all: the canons retired in, and those who have moved out, of the diocese, irrespective of whether the "Emeritus" title has been officially conferred.

So widespread and universally accepted has this etiquette become that it has overtaken the rules that govern cathedral chapters in the dioceses, and explains the ambivalence in Crockford's Clerical Directory.

(Canon) Terry Palmer

Magor, Monmouthshire


Your questions

Among professional lay people outside Academe and the laboratory, including politicians, lawyers, and bankers, it is customary to eschew the use of doctoral titles. Ministers of religion, however, seem happy to use them. Very few are doctors of divinity, although a limited number have a lower doctorate in religious studies. What is the reason for the difference in usage?
A. H.

At my parents' church, consecrated hosts are intincted before they are reserved. Is this common practice in the C of E? If so, why?
V. G.

Does the fact that a Church of England church is part of a local ecumenical partnership with a Roman Catholic or Methodist church permit the C of E priest to use the Roman or Methodist rite for the parish eucharist?
G. S.

In Common Worship, Order One, a rubric states that one of four acclamations may be used. Note 18 does not make clear whether the suggested acclamations may be used (i.e. are optional), or one or other is to be used. Those eucharistic prayers that include acclamations state that one of the four is used. Which is correct? May an acclamation be excluded should a president so choose?
J. B.

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