Love the Chumbawamba reference.
Nathan Jones has been gone too long
And he never wrote me, he never called!
The list of Rectors of St Mary, Baconsthorpe, Holt, N Norfolk has: 1482 - William [H]apton “He had the Pope’s dispensation that though his fingers were crooked he might take all orders”.Verb. sap.
There was once a rule that a candidate for holy orders must, at the time of his ordination, be able to handle the communion vessels property. This person probably had either a birth defect involving fused or missing fingers, or had some of his fingers broken and not set properly.
This article seems to imply something similar still in existence http://www.catholicapologetics.info/catholicteaching/vocations/priest.htm (don't know how authoritative the site is though)
Luckily our Church only goes back 170 years, so we can be economical with the size of Vicar's board, the Church Warden's board however has pride of place with gilt edging and gold lettering and is dusted daily.
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