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Parishes recruiting a ‘minister’

29 July 2016


Your answers
I note that many advertisements for vacancies require a “minister”, whereas it is almost certain that they do not want a lay minister or a deacon, but a priest. Are these attempts to undermine the Catholic orders of the Church?


I would suggest that these are attempts to make the ads more efficient, since they will presumably have the effect of encouraging applications only from those whose theology of priesthood/ministry is similar to that of the recruiting parish.

(The Revd) Andrew Rooney

London W4


Your questions


In St James the Great, Castle Acre, in Norfolk, I have seen four large plaques, with the Lord’s Prayer, the Apostles’ Creed, and the Ten Commandments. I assume that the tablets predate the 19th century, as the long “s” is used. My attention was drawn to the Sixth Commandment, “Thou shalt do no murder.” This is in keeping with Exodus 12.20 in the Hebrew, “Thou shalt not murder.” In the King James and subsequent versions, it is “Thou shalt not kill.” Can anyone tell me when the wording was changed and why?

V. B.


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