FRIENDS OF FATHER DOROTHY

When young, I attended a theological college, with the hope of becoming a clergyman. It was an amusing surprise to discover that, of the 40 or so students, 30 had adopted female “names in religion” I did not stay the course, but I have since watched “Tawdry Audrey”, “Plum Tart”, “Clarissa” , “Maud” and the others go on to become faithful priests, nearly all of them living dedicated lives of service to God in insalubrious neighbourhoods.

While I was doing my training, the Church of England still possessed the blessed English gift of irony. Double-think. Some would call it hypocrisy but I would not. Most of these priests were, or became, celibates. Some shared their clergy-houses with another chap, and if his bishop had any sense, no questions were asked.
(A. N. Wilson, EVENING STANDARD)

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FRIENDS OF FATHER DOROTHY — 6 Comments

  1. 30 had adopted female “names in religion” I did not stay the course, but I have since watched “Tawdry Audrey”, “Plum Tart”, “Clarissa” , “Maud” and the others go on to become faithful priests . . . Some shared their clergy-houses with another chap

    {gasp}

    Maud & Tawdry Audrey Playing House? Well I never!

  2. That’s a very asshatted article though. Look at Wilson’s conclusion:

    Imitating the American wave of gay liberation, the Church of England decided to come out. It was a disastrous mistake. Of course, if you ask the question simply — does the teaching of the Church allow promiscuity, gay or straight? The answer must be no. The New Testament makes it perfectly clear that Christians are called either to monogamous, heterosexual marriage or to celibacy. There are no two ways about it.

    There are certain questions institutions should learn not to ask.

    Ah yes: terrible “American” same-sex marriage, contrasted w/ blessed English hypocrisy. {facepalm}

    • Wilson is something of an a**hat. Young fogey in his day – now a relic of the “Brideshaead Regurgitated” school of ex-Churchgoers I fear. (“I didn’t leave the Church, the Church left me” sort of thing).