Min­is­ter in war of words over cash

Stirling Observer - - INTIMATIONS -

A Bal­fron Par­ish Church min­is­ter was at the cen­tre of a cash dis­pute with his pres­bytery af­ter agree­ing to join up.

Mr Alexan­der Cameron Camp­bell was an­gry at be­ing ask­ing to pay to­wards the cost of church work in the par­ish while he was away serv­ing the coun­try.

He is­sued two pas­toral let­ters, ex­plain­ing to parish­ioners about the dis­pute with Dum­bar­ton Pres­bytery.

Mr Camp­bell had been cited by pres­bytery to an­swer charges of why he re­fused to make “suf­fi­cient sup­ply for or­di­nances in the par­ish”, and claims he “de­lib­er­ately” ne­glected to re­ply to its cor­re­spon­dence.

The views of the 44-yearold Glas­gow-born min­is­ter plus an ex­change of let­ters be­tween him and pres­bytery of­fi­cials was printed in the Ob­server.

Read­ers learned how Mr Camp­bell had re­sponded to a sug­ges­tion from se­nior church fig­ures in pres­bytery that all min­is­ters of mil­i­tary age should con­sider en­list­ing ei­ther as com­bat­ants or with the Royal Army Med­i­cal Corp.

It was felt that the ser­vices of Mr Camp­bell, a fully qual­i­fied doc­tor who was over mil­i­tary age, would be par­tic­u­larly wel­come to the mil­i­tary and RAMC.

Pres­bytery re­solved to “re­lieve min­is­ters who en­list of all re­spon­si­bil­ity for their re­spec­tive parishes, and un­der­take the duty of sup­ply and pas­toral work in a parishes tem­po­rar­ily de­prived of its min­is­ter”.

Mr Camp­bell later en­listed for up to a year as an of­fi­cer in the King’s Ser­vice and re­ceived the rank of lieu­tenant in the RAMC at Stirling Cas­tle.

A Dr Mitchell, Kil­learn, was in­structed to con­fer with the Kirk Ses­sion at Bal­fron and his own Kirk Ses­sion with a view to giv­ing ser­vices in both parishes, with oc­ca­sional help from Dr Bar­clay, Fin­try.

Mr Camp­bell said he was never con­sulted about the con­tin­gency ar­range­ments dur­ing his ab­sence. But he added: “Af­ter I en­listed in the Army and thus ceased to be a free agent it (pres­bytery) de­mands that I con­trib­ute fi­nan­cially to­wards the main­te­nance and or­di­nances in the par­ish and calls me to an­swer why I refuse to do so.”

He also was clearly irked by let­ters to him from pres­bytery de­mand­ing to know why he had not re­sponded to its cor­re­spon­dence on the is­sue.

“It seemed to me self­evi­dent that cler­ics who formed that com­plaint en­joyed the com­fort of their own manses and plenty of leisure time,” he added.

“Do I re­quire to re­mind the Pres­bytery of Dum­bar­ton that the min­is­ter of Bal­fron, act­ing on the sug­ges­tion of its own com­mit­tee, is now an of­fi­cer in HM’s Ser­vice and a med­i­cal of­fi­cer at that.”

He prom­ises to an­swer in due course pres­bytery’s ques­tions about the cash is­sue and his al­leged tardy re­sponse to their let­ters but tells church of­fi­cials his wartime work, for the mo­ment, has to come first.

He added: “Will­ingly and promptly, at the Pres­by­te­rial com­mit­tee’s bid­ding I en­listed to lead a very dif­fer­ent kind of life from that led at Bal­fron; as will­ingly I shall re­turn to my pas­toral du­ties if and when the mil­i­tary au­thor­i­ties de­cide.”

It­seemed­tome self-ev­i­dent that­cler­ic­swho formed that com­plaint en­joyed the com­fort of their own manses and plenty of leisure time

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