One thing that struck me as odd when I was looking back at Mark Ashton’s life was that he was never made an honorary canon of the cathedral, Ely. His predecessor, Mark Rushton, did receive that honour. I thought it was worth asking the diocese about this.
I had a reply from the Bishop’s office. It seems that Bishop Anthony Russell (now retired) did offer to make him a canon, but the offer was declined. Apparently it was thought that some at the Round Church would not approve, along the lines of “Call no man father”.
I got the impression that having honours declined did not happen very often!