Unless there's just a really unfortunate coincidence here, I'm going to guess that the church is struggling financially while the vicar is still getting his stipend. Still, he could also have financial difficulties.
And I presume it's the number of worshippers, not the worshippers themselves, who are dwindling? I mean, we all get a bit shorter as we age, apparently. But I'm not aware it's generally that rapid. And shouldn't that be "A
But the Telegraph reporter, not Revd Turp, is the one that comes up with the remarkable line "The show even contains scenes of the vicar smoking and drinking."
Well, stap me vitals and call me Bertie. A vicar smoking and drinking? What were they thinking of? A vicar who's a real human being? A vicar drinking..... and smoking? Do they not do that in the Catholic Church, with which the Telegraph is generally more familiar?
After a bit of research, I can reveal that it's even worse than that, in fact. The tobacco plant wasn't available in 1st Century Judea, so we can't say whether or not he would have smoked. But in the popular hit series of the time, "Gospel", the Bible clearly shows scenes of Jesus drinking.
|A scene of Our Lord drinking|