Religion: The Parson in the Pub

Parsons and pubs should sometimes go together. So said Britain's Bishop of Coventry, Dr. Neville Gorton, in a leaflet to his clergy. "The inn is not to be despised, though certainly not to be haunted. It is wise to have one's 'usual' and to pay for it oneself. Men may seem willing to treat one, but they do not like a man who never treats back. They will never believe that we [clergymen] cannot afford it.

"If occasionally they see the parson in the pub, they will not think him so strange when they pay their rare visit to church at a...

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