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Time to revisit job description.

Dear Editor,

Your coverage of the primacy of Archbishop Michael Peers (February) was well done and particularly your inclusion of his wife, Dorothy, and his family. Too often families are overlooked in such tributes. I certainly add my own expression of thanks to Michael for the leadership which he has provided to the whole church during his watch.

However, as the church prepares to elect his succesor in this office, we ought to revisit the job description. It is unconscionable that we as a church require the commitment indicated in your Primate by numbers story. I was alarmed both at the few holidays the primate has taken and at the amount of time he has been required to be away from home.

It is also time to revisit our theology of episcopacy and of the exercise of the office of bishops. It appears to have become more administrative than pastoral, more reflective of a modern chief executive officer than a shepherd of the people of God.

One further point: the cumulative cost of travel to deal with the church's business must be considerable. Surely in this age of instant communication there are more economical methods (but equally efficient) in the use of both time and money to achieve the desired ends.

Canon Frank Cluett

St. John's, Nfld.
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Title Annotation:Letters
Author:Cluett, Canon Frank
Publication:Anglican Journal
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Apr 1, 2004
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