Another perspective on ad orientem--the priest leading
Monday, July 10, 2017
WELL...OF COURSE THEY LOOK SILLY 😜 ON THOSE WHO IN REALITY AREN'T BISHOPS LET ALONE PRIESTS OR DEACONS, LAY PEOPLE IN ALL THEIR GLORY!
Well Pope Francis follow their lead?
Church of England could ditch mitres over claims 'they look silly'
Asenior Church of England figure is calling for bishops to ditch their mitres because they symbolise a "culture of deference".
Revd Ian Paul, a member of the Archbishops' Council, said the traditional hats were part of a "world of the past" and meant the bishops appeared elevated above the rest of the church.
"The mitre has become a sign that 'this person is a bishop'. It's not a very good one because it looks daft and it doesn't signify anything in the Church of England. "It makes them distant and it makes them look silly," he told the Telegraph, adding that the hats were "Roman Catholicism by the back door".
Mitres were not generally worn by bishops in the Church until the late 19th century and there is no rule which compels them to be worn.
Mr Paul linked the mitres to a "culture of deference", one of the ideas criticised by Dame Moira Gibb in her report following an inquiry into the Church's handling of the sexual abuse committed by Peter Ball, the disgraced former bishop of Lewes.
In a blog post published earlier this week Mr Paul said: "It confirms for many the impression of a church irrelevant to modern questions, contained in its own bubble of self reference. "And in its hierarchical understanding of authority, it is a culture of which contemporary society is becoming less and less tolerant, possibly for good reason."
Mr Paul, who is an associate minister at St Nicholas' Church in Nottingham, made the comments ahead of a debate at the Church of England synod on Monday about changes to clergy clothing. Clergy are to be able to dress down under plans to allow ministers to ditch their vestments.
The Church has been considering the matter for several years and it has now reached the final stage of the legislation process.