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Letters to AO

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Letters from the week of 16 to 22 February 2015

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Drivers, Beware

Your recent posting on News referred to the fact that some English bishops had drivers and there was a whiff of self-righteous disapproval in the phrasing of your comments.

Several Canadian dioceses have groups of volunteer drivers who do the chauffeuring for bishops who can have 12-hour days clocking in hundreds of kilometres between confirmations and meetings (e.g., it's 16 hours driving from one end of the Diocese of Algoma to the other) and we won't even mention things like winter driving. It's also useful to remember that many bishops are elderly (as in over 55), an age where it is more difficult to see at night and, quite simply, some should not be driving at all.

If it happens that a diocese hires someone to do the driving rather than rely on scheduling volunteers, it strikes me that this might well be a sensible use of resources.

Austin Cooke
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
16 February 2015

A Visit from the Snark-Devil

This letter was withdrawn at the author's request.

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Earlier letters

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