Canon Chivers “We’ll be reviewing the process by which these things are authorised so it never happens again.” One former student at the college expressed his disgust.“This is horrific. As a former Westcott ordinand, I’m appalled,” said The Reverend Tom Lilley on Twitter. The Reverend Andrew Symes, executive secretary of the conservative group Anglican Mainstream, said that the service “brings the Church into disrepute”.He demanded that Westcott House issue a public apology. But Canon Simon Butler, an openly gay member of the Archbishops’ Council, said that while the Polari service was ill advised it could prove a useful “source of learning”.He suggested the choice of liturgy may have been “an inappropriate way of letting off some steam”.Ordinands, he added, “often do foolish things, but if it leads to a deeper engagement with things – I’m not saying it’s the right thing to do, [but theological college] is a relatively safe place to make foolish errors.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A leading theological college in Cambridge has apologised for “subverting the teaching of Christ” by staging a church service that referred to Jesus as ‘Josie’ and the Lord as the ‘Duchess’.Trainee priests delivered the liturgy at Westcott House using gay slang to mark LGBT history month.But the service, held in the college’s chapel, backfired spectacularly amid complaints it had brought the Church of England into disrepute.The theological students held the evensong service on Tuesday with a programme explaining their version was a “queering [of] the liturgy of Evening Prayer”.The trainees used Polari, the language championed in the 1950s and 1960s by the comedians Kenneth Williams and Hugh Paddick in BBC radio’s Round the Horne.The popular show used gay innuendo at a time when homosexuality was still illegal.A note produced along with the order of service explained that the service was “a liturgical experiment” and an “attempt at queering the liturgy of Evening Prayer, locating the queer within the compass of faith”.A gay activist group called the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, has produced a version of the Bible in Polari, in which God is ‘Gloria’; the Lord is turned into “the Duchess”; the Holy Spirit becomes “Fantabulosa Fairy”; and Jesus is feminised to “Josie” and referred to as she. Psalm 19 was reworded to refer to “O Duchess, my butchness”.At Tuesday’s service, much to the horror of many of the devout worshippers, they were invited to respond to the line: “O Gloria make speed to save us,” with the words “O Duchess make haste to help us.”The Principal of Westcott House, Revd Canon Chris Chivers, told The Telegraph that the service had not been vetted beforehand; was not an authorised act of worship; and was “hugely regrettable”. Westcott HouseCredit:Alamy He added: “The service that was produced was completely at variance with the doctrine and teaching of the Church of England.”Canon Chivers said that worshippers – who included staff and ordinands – had not been warned of the unorthodox content in advance and only discovered it when they picked up their orders of service.“People found themselves in a situation they hadn’t expected,” he said. He was forced the next day “to deliver an admonishment” in front of the whole of Westcott House.He said: “Theological colleges are a place where experiments are important and mistakes can be made, because hopefully that means they won’t be made in public ministry. But it can’t be a place where we subvert the doctrine and teaching of the Church.