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Out of the question

28 March 2013


Your answers

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 represent?

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 stipendiary.

Second, non-stipendiary 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 reasonable authority.

Christopher Haffner (Reader)
East Molesey

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)

Your questions

St Luke's account of Christ's entry into Jerusalem makes no mention of palms or branches. Why might that be? 
J. P

When did Anglican theological students start calling themselves "seminarians"?
A. M.

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