Presentation, suspension of

Another tool provided by the Pastoral Measure 1968 for use when a diocese is considering pastoral reorganisation in an area.   Should a vacancy occur in one of the parishes under consideration, the diocesan Pastoral Committee may recommend suspension of presentation until the consideration is completed.   The minister thus appointed is known as the priest-in-charge.   Suspension of presentation retains a measure of flexibility in the situation that would be lost by the appointment of a new incumbent with the concomitant freehold.   It must be said that the power to suspend presentation is viewed in a somewhat jaundiced manner by those who claim to have seen it used in a manipulative manner. 

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