Friday, November 23, 2007

Cranmer’s Celebratory Pulpit No.VII

Cranmer is delighted to reward his communicants with an open pulpit today.

It has been two months since he his last expression of benevolence to his readers and communicants, and a new threshold has been passed which is worthy of commemoration. Yesterday, His Grace’s ‘traffic’ (for he believes that is how readers and communicants are termed in blogspeak) exceeded 700 unique visitors in a single day. Cranmer is read by around 3,500 people each week, and his busiest month to date was (bizarrely) August – traditionally the quietest month – which drew 15,853 unique visitors.

In celebration of this traffic update, and in perpetual commemoration of the spiritual liberation afforded by his own pulpit experience with the Provost of Eton, Dr Henry Cole (illustrated above), His Grace is pleased to host another ‘Cranmer’s Pulpit’ for communicants to raise whatever religio-political or politico-religious concerns they do so wish…

…intelligently and eruditely, of course.

And if communicants are in need of focus, Cranmer has a few things on his mind: firstly, the impressive Danes are to be given a second referendum on the euro, simply because they obviously gave the wrong answer the last time they were consulted. Cranmer wonders if they say ‘yes’ to the euro this time if they will be given an opportunity to withdraw a few years later. Teleology abounds.

He has also been pondering Cherie Blair’s thoughts on religious discrimination agains women. The BBC reported this a few weeks ago, noting:

…she rejected the notion that Islam was innately discriminatory towards women by suggesting that the use of Sharia law in some Muslim countries went against the true precepts of the faith: "It is not laid down in the Koran that women can be beaten by their husbands or that their evidence should be devalued, as it is in some Islamic courts," she said. "It is important for judges and political leaders to remind everyone that the philosophical purpose of the Sharia is to protect and promote human welfare."

Rather like her husband, the poor woman evidently does not know what she is talking about, and invariably stops short of calling for female cardinals and popes. But it is of incidental interest to Cranmer that in the BBC’s reporting of this story - which was manifestly about how religions discriminate against women - there was not one mention of the gender inequalities manifest in the Roman Catholic Church. This was certainly covered by other media outlets, but in true biased BBC fashion, there was not a word uttered against the teaching that ‘only a baptised man validly receives sacred ordination’.


Anonymous mickey said...

I should like to draw his Grace's attention to the trial which commences today in Turkey of a group of nationalist, religious zealots for the torture and killing of three Christians.

There is further information on the BBC website (, but this reveals little about the ghastly manner in which these three men were ritually tortured before their murder.

There is a concerted effort by various groups to bring Turkey into the EU. I suggest that it would be highly instructive to monitor this trial and, in particular, the media coverage it receives (especially in the Murdoch press).

23 November 2007 at 11:33  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Mr MIckey,

His Grace thanks you for this. He has not forgotten those believers who are persecuted and martyred in Turkey, and he exhorts all of his readers and communicants to continue to hold them in prayer. We are one body: they are part of us.

23 November 2007 at 11:51  
Blogger AethelBald, King of Wessex said...

The case of the girl sentenced to 200 lashes for being gang-raped has to be worth a mention, even if sourced from the supposedly biased BBC. And, in case anyone argues an improving trend, don't forget Princess Misha'al bint Fahd al Saud.

23 November 2007 at 14:21  
Blogger Mr Eugenides said...

Congratulations are due to Your Grace for your continued success.

Soul by Soul and silently,
His Grace's shining Bounds increase
And his ways are ways of gentleness
and all his paths are peace.


23 November 2007 at 14:40  
Anonymous mickey said...

Your Grace, as I was saying, it will be instructive to see how the media and our current government attempt to fix Turkey's accession to the EU in spite of the prevailing nationalistic and beligerent culture within that country. And its continuing denial of the genocide of 1.5 million Christians 90 years ago.

Well, even I am surprised that my interest has been answered so promptly by Jack Straw and the Daily Mail (

His comments seem rather at odds with the nature of the trial commencing today - "'Turkey is a secular nation with a majority Muslim population. By welcoming Turkey into Europe we will prove how two cultures can not only exist together, but thrive together, as partners in the modern world. Accession means a more pluralist, tolerant and inclusive Turkey – and a more pluralist, tolerant and inclusive Europe."

Now, that is what I call chutzpah!

23 November 2007 at 15:14  
Blogger Homophobic Horse said...


23 November 2007 at 15:22  
Anonymous mickey said...

Dear Mr Homophobic Horse,

Well, I am sorry to say that these days DIVERSITY carries a KNIFE!

23 November 2007 at 15:37  
Anonymous the recusant said...

Surely Your Grace jests or is having a senior moment 'gender inequalities manifest in the Roman Catholic Church' no one can hear you ROTFLMAS in web-space. Was it not that fellow heretical clergyman and co-leader of the Protestant Reformation John Knox who issued the clarion call 'The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women.' This at a time when it was common for female Catholic Monarchs to rule in Europe. Make no mistake recent events in the CofE and the feminization of the clergy denote the biggest u-turn in protestant dogma since the adoption of contraception in 1930.

You may be interested an interesting article by Dr Albert Mohler The Feminization of the Ministry -- A Milestone in Britain, a Baptist theologian (avoiding any charges of Papist propaganda) who comments on some of the fruits of the petticoat revolution and on recent news about the ordination of women in the Church of England. Interesting exeps are as follows:

"Once women begin to fill and represent roles of pastoral leadership men withdraw. This is true, not only in the pulpit, but in the pews. The evacuation of male worshippers from liberal churches is a noticeable phenomenon."

"Furthermore, the issues of women's ordination and the normalization of homosexuality are closely linked. It is no accident that those churches that most eagerly embraced the ordination of women now either embrace the ordination of homosexuals or are seriously considering such a move."

Just to be clear and leave both Mrs Blair and others of similar frame of mind, hoping for women in the Catholic Priesthood

In May 1994, Pope John Paul II issued his apostolic letter Ordinatio Sacerdotalis. It is, as far as Vatican documents go, very short. It deals with one specific issue, namely the Church’s ban on the admission of women to the ministerial priesthood, a ban first articulated in the 1976 Vatican declaration Inter Insigniores and upheld by Pope John Paul II. He clearly stated: “Wherefore, in order that all doubt be removed regarding a matter of great importance, a matter which pertains to the Church’s divine constitution itself, in virtue of my ministry of confirming the brethren (cf. Lk. 22:32) I declare that the Church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women and that this judgment is to be definitively held by all the Church’s faithful.” With these words, the Holy Father intended to end the debate regarding women priests.

In October 1995, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, then prefect for the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, made a response to a question that was submitted to the Vatican on the doctrinal status of Ordinatio Sacerdotalis. The official Vatican response, given through Ratzinger, was that the ban on women priests was “taught infallibly by the Church.”

Thats authority, take it or leave it but don't stand on the sideline whinging about it.

23 November 2007 at 15:44  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

''...gender inequalities manifest in the Roman Catholic Church.''

if so it is still preferable to the 'Christian-lite' version being preached by that Druid in Canterbury.

23 November 2007 at 16:44  
Blogger Homophobic Horse said...


And I carry a chip on my shoulder.

23 November 2007 at 19:44  
Anonymous Miss Jelly Bean said...

Just out of curiosity Cranmer, what are your views on the concept of blind faith?

I'm currently studying the history of medieval Islam at uni and I was having this discussion with my professor today.

I'd like to know the Christian perspective.

23 November 2007 at 21:25  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Miss Jelly Bean,

Welcome back.

Faith is not blind: on the contrary, it is seeing through a lens which increasingly fewer possess. Of course, that sight may be through a glass darkly, but it can attain perfection, when all may be seen face to face. It is a divine gift, and so could never be hindered by disability.

23 November 2007 at 23:15  
Anonymous miss jelly bean said...

Also your grace, what do you think of ecumenism?

24 November 2007 at 01:45  
Anonymous Miss Jelly bean said...

Hey! who came on as me at 1:45! that was very naughty.

Thankyou for the reply Cranmer. I think I agree with you. But I don't think that others interpret blind faith in the same way.

The discussion I was having with my Professor was based on whether the Qur'an is created or uncreated. I can't remember how it went onto blind faith.

But thanks for replying anyway.

24 November 2007 at 10:53  
Anonymous the recusant said...

Has your Grace been watching the Tudors on TV? I’m waiting for your cameo appearance but as yet you have been a little camera shy, It is really quite good.

24 November 2007 at 14:02  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It may interest your Grace to know that two UK newspapers saw fit to report the Turkish trial to which I referred previously (these being the Independent and the Guardian). At least, this is what I deduce from a Google news search.

It would appear that, as expected, the Murdoch press have nothing to say on the subject.

Straw and Miliband have both made pronouncements in the last week or so about the desirability of Turkey's accession to the EU.

Where is the driving force coming from that supports this proposal, one wonders?

24 November 2007 at 16:03  
Anonymous mickey said...

whoops, t'was I who posted the above but omitted an identity.

24 November 2007 at 16:05  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Mr Mickey,

His Grace thanks you for bringing this to his attention, and he shall post on it.

Mr Recusant,

His Grace has no time to watch television these days, and is, in any case, heartily sick of being a perpetual cameo. When will someone realise that His Grace's life is worthy of an epic feature in his own right?

Miss Jelly Bean,

The only way of avoiding such imposters is to lay claim to your name by opening a google account.

24 November 2007 at 20:43  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's all fun and games until some one tries to immanentize the eschatron. (A device for bringing about the end times)

26 November 2007 at 00:13  
Blogger Jeremy Jacobs said...


29 November 2007 at 01:10  
Anonymous Missed Opportunity said...

Your Grace missed the opportunity, when asked about your opinion on Blind faith you should have replied 'Who said that'.
It's too late now.

3 December 2007 at 03:27  

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