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Sunday, July 15, 2007

The Times ordains a porn star to the priesthood.

If you just about choked on your Cheerios reading the New York Times Style section this morning — "From Man of the Flesh to Man of the Cloth"! — be sure to read the followup report at the Episcopal News Service blog, EpiScope, which debunks all the parts of the story about Ronald Boyer (who until recently performed as "Rod Fontana") becoming a priest. The rector of the Episcopal church Boyer and his wife have been attending, Hank Mitchel, tells EpiScope that Boyer "has a long, long way to travel and a lot of spiritual growing to do before we can even think about thinking about a leadership role."

Update 7.22.07: The Times acknowledges the errors.

Copyright © 2007 by Philocrites | Posted 15 July 2007 at 2:52 PM

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July 15, 2007 04:40 PM | Permalink for this comment

Surprising of the Times to fall for this kind of quick flash about second career clergy. Too bad they didn't ask the women among us about our earlier lives as social workers, mothers, foreign policy analysts and other public servants, teachers of all kinds and ages. Too bad they weren't ambitious enough to find the men who capped off business, government or military careers by donning stoles.

Heather Janules:

July 16, 2007 05:05 PM | Permalink for this comment

Well, while this was a false alarm, it is true that Tori Spelling has become ordained and is now officiating weddings:,,20045242,00.html?xid=rss-topheadlines

(I get all my good theological news from People Magazine.)


July 22, 2007 08:00 AM | Permalink for this comment

The Times acknowledges its error:

An article in Sunday Styles last week about Ronald Boyer, a former actor in pornographic movies who has expressed the desire to be an Episcopal priest, referred incorrectly to his progress toward that goal. He has been confirmed in the church; he is not working toward ordination as a priest or undergoing training to be a deacon. The article also referred incorrectly to efforts by Mr. Boyer to establish a ministry among sex workers. He discussed the plan with the vicar of his church; he did not meet with the second-ranking official of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, Bishop Suffragan Chester L. Talton.

(Corrections, New York Times 7.22.07)

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