09 December 2008

Child becomes bishop for a Month!


olivia_200_01An Anglican diocese in England is reviving the medieval custom of enthroning a child as bishop for the month of December, according to the BBC.

Nine-year-old Olivia Wells of Hampshire will look after St. John's Church, taking sermons and making new rules, such as allowing children to ring church bells and giving a free glass of wine to people who attend church two weeks in a row. I like her already.

Wells said: "It's going to be fun. Because I get to boss people around."

In the Middle Ages in England there was this tradition that on the feast of St Nicholas (Dec. 6), in all cathedrals and lots of the parish churches, a child, the smallest chorister of the choir, became the bishop.

In other news, Episcopal Presiding Bishops Katharine Jefferts Schori and Fort Worth (Texas) Bishop Jack Iker are arguing about whether he renounced his Episcopal vows when he led his diocese to secede from the Episcopal Church.

photo by the BBC

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