Fr Hunwicke recently used the word ‘mingent’, which some of those who commented on his blog didn’t understand, It reminded me of a priest friend in my diocese, long since dead, who suggested ‘mingency’ could be a collective noun for clergy though he would also use it of the twenty years his predecessor’s time in his parish, as in “during the mingency of Fr ….” ,
Clergy can be a bit acerbic, as well as witty about their superiors, here are few examples lest they be forgotten:
- A miter: an artificial extension of a natural vacuum.
- An auxiliary bishop: A theological nonentity.
- An auxiliary bishop:The bishop’s perpetual curate.
- An auxiliary bishop: The real bishop’s bully boy / bouncer.
- Monsignor/Canon: a title to put on an envelope to impress the postman.
- Monsignor/Canon: a title that denotes years of brown nosing that has ended in failure.
- Being made a Canon: a kind way for a bishop to suggest retirement.
- Of a deposed bishop: In my day he wouldn’t have made his first confession let alone been consecrated bishop.
- Of a new bishop: He intends to re-order the cathedral by replacing his predecessors’ fence with his own particular throne.
- A bishop symbolised by a singular cross, an archbishop a double-cross
- A note to his bishop after a priest’s burial, “My Lord, you have let me down for the last time”.