By Bronwyn Gerretsen and Sapa
"Odd." This was how Bishop Rubin Philip of the Anglican Church reacted on Sunday to news that ANC Deputy President Jacob Zuma had been made an honorary pastor at a meeting of independent churches.
Zuma was declared a priest by Bishop Ben Mthethwa at the Full Gospel Community Church in Ntuzuma, Durban, on Saturday.
Philip said the incident would "definitely not have happened in the Anglican Church", which did not have a category for honorary pastors.
"This comes as a bit of a surprise. Anyone who becomes a pastor has studied theology and has served in the church as a leader. I find it odd that anyone can be made an honorary pastor," he said.