Our trade papers arrive at the weekend, and sometimes I amuse myself by looking at the job adverts, and suggesting anything particularly exotic to Hub, just for fun. Chaplaincy in Oman, dear? House for Duty Vicar in Dorset?? Malayalam-speaking associate pastor???
One advert has now appeared several weeks running. It starts
‘HOLY, RETIRED PRIEST’
sought for the parish of X …’
Who would apply for this job, I wonder? Who considers him/herself holy? And if they do, does that mean that they can’t be? Surely ‘holiness’ is something that we don’t know we’ve got, if we have it at all! What do they mean by holiness? I know what I mean … but is that what they mean? Do they know?
I suppose it means someone who seems ‘better’ or more deeply spiritual than other people. In which case, the final line of the advert is surely redundant:
‘Enhanced CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) Disclosure required’