Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Strange moments from "Clergy in Motion"

In the words of Kelly: "What the hell?"

I've seen some strange notices in the diocesan Clergy in Motion. There was the notice that one rector had been "deprived of his licence to function as a priest in the Anglican Church of Canada" - shortly after the secular press reported that his church had burned down. But this one takes the cake:

"Deaconess Gail Marshall will be recognized as a Deacon at a service of reaffirmation on March 22 at 4 pm at St Matthew, Islington, Toronto."

Pardon? We have deaconesses? In 2009? I thought all that had been done in back in the day. Didn't the Lambeth Conference affirm that deaconesses were to be reckoned as ordained deacons? Heck, I even knew one priest who was "set apart" as a deaconess in the Church of England and then priested in the Diocese of Montréal purely on the strength of the previous rite's being analogous to diaconal ordination.


Update: A resolution to this effect passed in the House of Bishops in October of 1971. So why is this "service of reaffirmation" happening more than 35 years later? In any event, prayers for the imminently Rev. Ms Marshall on this new step in her vocation.


Thom Curnutte said...

Perhaps she's transgendered? :-)

Geoff said...

In that case, I would expect something like "Gary Marshall, formerly Deaconess Gail Marshall, will be..."

Thom Curnutte said...

Aye, indeed.