Padres / Religion

#1
Not seen this one before and not sure where to put it.... so gone for the one I normally look at...

Does the Army recognise religions other than abrahamic god (jew/islam/christian ... ha ha same category), hindu, sikh or buddist?

I've seen agnostic, spiritiualist and aetheist mentioned... anymore..

Rape & pillage anyone?
 
#6
Cue memory of visit to Coy on training by the Padre.....CSM then proceeds to tell the boys that he's not a real Minister, he's a TA Padre -

" Nah, he did a 2 week course - I mean, how could he be a real Reverend, He'd have his own job to do on a Sunday.....No, he's a TA Padre, rest of the week he runs a Builders Merchants"....


....last heard of the Rev in question was still a Padre, had gone "Regular" years past - and had landed the post of Chaplain to Christ Church, Naples. ....so there are some good postings left !
 
#7
^I guess that had to happen. TA not really the best option for a reverend, some I've come accross work as a normal vicar during the week but in an Army camp.
 
#8
i watched a history program on bbc 2 last november about muslim soldiers during WWI and they had the only british Imam currently in the armend forces (i guess he covers all of them) he was'nt in 95's
 
#9
ta_wannabe_sig said:
i watched a history program on bbc 2 last november about muslim soldiers during WWI and they had the only british Imam currently in the armend forces (i guess he covers all of them) he was'nt in 95's
I'm sure there was an article on the BBC website about it. Can't find it now mind....Wasn't in uniform but had accepted role as Iman to the Army / Armed Forces. From memory he was quite a young looking chap.

On a different note, the Reg I've joined has been trying to get a Padres organised. Willing candidate found, biggest problem has been getting him a medical organised I was told by the ROSO... Mind you, that doesn't set him apart in the modern TA does it?
 
#10
I recall a particularly contrary soldier who changed his religion to 'Wiccan' because he had discovered that it was not on the army list of major recognised religions and would therefore initiate a firestorm of paperwork for the battery clerk - with whom he was having a spat!
 
#11
He should have put down heathen. I believe it's ok for them to date outside of their marriage, as long as the other party is of a different religion.... otherwise that'd be adultery and against army code of conduct..
 

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#12
polar said:
^I guess that had to happen. TA not really the best option for a reverend, some I've come accross work as a normal vicar during the week but in an Army camp.
My unit has a TA bish. He is a normal vicar in the week with his own church and everything.
 
#17
I like the venerable David from the HAC. Top chap.

As far as filling in forms is concerned, top tip from the past. When in a regiment which comes from a place, like Ireland, where the locals think that religion and dogma matters, and when about to enplane onto a hercules going somewhere, simply fill in the religion bit with "Zen Bhuddist".

A whole company of us did it once, in order to wreak havock in the event that the plane crashed and we all died.

Imagine all the poor mothers having to attend a funeral with cool looking Shaolin shaven headed groovy Jap monks instead of the local Father/Minister in Londonbelfast/Dublinderry etc etc.

"Ach well, its what it sez on the form missus, his last wish so it was"
 
#18
StickyEnd said:
How could you possibly have a Padre for agnostics or atheists?
Agnostics don't disasgree with their being something??

Can't really say I've met a Bible basher padre, someone you could talk to about things in your life or well being ... yes
 
#19
Badgertastic said:
One lad in my last unit put himself down as a pagan on joining. Roman Catholicism apparently covers paganism as well, at least according to his ID discs...
Paganism is an umbrella term for a multitude of beliefs and faiths that include Wiccan, Druidry, Heathen, Astartu, Norse, Celtic etc etc. and any pagan worth their salt would not want to be lumped together with RC's.
 

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