From THE HERALD (Scotland):

A Church of Scotland minister has apologised after dressing up as a nun and posting the picture on his Facebook page. Reverend Gary Caldwell of Flowerhill (oh, how perfect) Church in Airdrie has now removed the pictures of him posing while wearing a habit after a complaint was made to the Presbytery of Hamilton, North Lanarkshire.

The picture was meant to be light-hearted and the minister has now apologised for any offence caused, a spokesman for the Kirk said. He did not realise that anybody would be offended by it.

Parishioners’ online comments about the picture included: “Am laughing and thinking that there must be some nun somewhere with a beard to rival yours!” (ah, yes - the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are mightily hirsute)

Another posted: “Like to see you wear it first Sunday back at Flowerhill!”

But a Catholic who lives in the parish said, “Reverend Caldwell seems to think it amusing to dress up as a Catholic nun and to have this as his main public Facebook picture. I understand the Presbytery intend not to take any action against Reverend Caldwell, which I find astonishing as the picture is offensive to me as a Catholic." (Yes, well, on that basis the pope and his curia should be removed from the planet for offending most of humanity).



  1. I’ve actually seen Episcopalian nuns in habits. Who is this egotistical Catholic that quickly takes umbrage without investigating the possibility of other brands of nunnage? Humpf, in deed!

  2. Oh, for heaven’s sake. He didn’t dress up as a Roman Catholic nun. He dressed up as an Anglican nun so the R.C.s out there can just untwist their knickers.

    I think he looks rather fetching, actually.

  3. Speaking of nuns and since Ellie’s here and all:

    A cabbie picks up a Nun. She gets into the cab, and notices that the VERY handsome cab driver won’t stop staring at her.

    She asks him why he is staring. He replies: “I have a question to ask, but I don’t want to offend you.”

    She answers, ” My son, you cannot offend me. When you’re as old as I am and have been a nun as long as I have, you get a chance to see and hear just about everything. I’m sure that there’s nothing you could say or ask that I would find offensive.”

    “Well, I’ve always had a fantasy to have a nun kiss me.”

    She responds, “Well, let’s see what we can do about that: #1, you have to be single and #2, you must be Catholic.”

    The cab driver is very excited and says, “Yes, I’m single and Catholic!”

    “OK” the nun says. “Pull into the next alley.”

    The nun fulfills his fantasy with a kiss that would make a hooker blush.

    But when they get back on the road, the cab driver starts crying.

    “My dear child,” said the nun, “Why are you crying?”

    “Forgive me but I’ve sinned. I lied and I must confess; I’m married and I’m Jewish.”

    The nun says, “That’s OK. My name is Kevin and I’m going to a costume party.”

    Blame Doug. I published this one already, MadPriest. I know you don’t like to be second, but I thought your readers may enjoy.

  4. Maybe it’s not a joke but his secret self just trying to find an outlet. You never know!
    Sandhill Man

  5. “…other brands of nunnage…”

    Nunnage! Oh, that’s funny, Susan. I’m gonna hang on to that word. It’ll come in handy at some point, I just know it will!

  6. There was a young lady from Wantage
    of whom the town clerk took advantage.
    Said the borough surveyor,
    “Of course you must pay her;
    you’ve altered the line of her frontage.”

    wv = scaliest
    (but this is not the most scaly limerick there is; nevertheless, that young lady may just end up in that nunnery)

  7. Though exceedingly brilliant in thought,
    The poem didn’t scan as it ought.
    The limerick did grate,
    Thus it carried no weight,
    Brilliant thinking then counting for nought.

  8. MadPriest, I see that your knowledge of the several ways limericks scan is limited, so I’ll give you a break here and only say that my limerick scans.

    And why didn’t you answer in limerick form?