Gee D wrote: »
The congé shows HM's graciousness - she gives leave to elect, but then saves the electors the worry of thinking about the person to elect by providing the name of the suitable candidate. Casting a quick eye across the PM's for the last 70 years, I'd say that Harold MacMillan was the last who was a serious churchperson. Perhaps Douglas-Home.
Ricardus wrote: »
Blair was C of E while PM; he didn't become Catholic until after he stood down, although everyone knew he was going to.
Hugal wrote: »
OK my reaction to the OP is how the hell can you do both? Surely you cannot give the time and effort needed to both.
Augustine the Aleut wrote: »
... Most of the politician/clerics I know have not had a full-time pastoral job. Generally, they did occasional supply and lots of weddings, although I have know a few who gave generously of their time and energy to individuals they encountered in their profession who needed help. ....
" ... 40+ years ago, there was an incumbent of one of the churches in central Bristol that has now closed who was a City Councillor, Labour I think, probably from the South Bank tradition. I think he would have claimed it was part of his ministry. There's currently a retired clergyperson who is a Police and Crime Commissioner for part of Yorkshire. He was at one time a Sheffield City Councillor, but I don't know whether that was while he was an incumbent. Perhaps there's a shipmate who would know. ... "