Why are bishops'
officers for non-stipendiary ministry appointed from among the
stipendiary priests? Would it not be far better if they were
appointed from among those priests whom they are supposed to
I suggest the following
reasons. Non-stipendiary priests are in practice under the benign
supervision of a stipendiary vicar, team rector, and the like; so
there is nothing odd about the bishops' officers being
clergy are under a "contract" that stipulates how many hours each
week they are supposed to devote to their ministry, usually less
than "full-time employment". Presumably, bishops' officers are
required to be available "full-time".
Third, if there is an
unsatisfactory relationship between a stipendiary priest and an
NSM, the officer should be able to deal with the former with
In Manchester, the Bishop's
officer for self-supporting ministry, and the four archdeaconry
officers, are all themselves self-supporting clergy.
(Canon) Chris Bracegirdle (Bishop's
Senior Chaplain and Diocesan
Warden of Readers)
St Luke's account
of Christ's entry into Jerusalem makes no mention of palms or
branches. Why might that be?
When did Anglican
theological students start calling themselves "seminarians"?
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