Pastor or Rector

In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q:  Your bio says that you are the pastor of the cathedral. But aren’t you the rector? Isn’t the bishop the pastor?


A:  Our bishop is a canonist and so is our chancellor. Both say that the canonical term “rector” applies to a priest in charge of a place that is not a parish, like a school or a shrine. But since a cathedral is a parish, the priest in charge – not the bishop – is the pastor. My letter of appointment says “pastor (not rector)”.

I prefer being a pastor, so I’m happy with this.