Sunday, August 17, 2008

Wars and rumours of wars

Cranmer returns to once again warmly embrace his readers and communicants. But he finds that the world has descended into chaos. There are not only wars and rumours of wars, but the United Kingdom is presently a very respectable third in the Olympics medals table, and David Cameron has become a world class statesman. Some things have remained constant – the Prince of Wales has prophesied a genetically-modified apocalypse, and the Archbishop of Canterbury has been vilified for saying that homosexual partnerships are ‘comparable to marriage’. Well, of course they are. Dr Williams is comparable to a fruit fly, sharing with it, as he does, 95 per cent of his DNA. And Cranmer is comparable to The Ashes, for he even plays in opposite hemispheres. One can compare any two entities - and even nonentities (let us not forget the Prime Minister) - and the process of comparing and contrasting will yield a myriad of similarities and differences. And yet the poor Archbishop is not able to say anything at all these days without it being warped by the media or misrepresented by those vultures which are salivating at the thought of picking over the bones of the Church of England (even as they are doing over those of poor Cardinal Newman). Yet still there is no carcase, and the decidedly un-political Dr Williams may yet be shown to have pulled off a distinctly diplomatic if not political triumph, and no-one really cares any longer for the theology.

Cranmer could talk much of his repose, but he shall not. Except to say that so many English travellers today seem to keep busy by doing as much as possible, but they enjoy and understand so little. The point of travel is to observe and experience foreign sensations which both nourish and refresh: they are to be enjoyed in and of themselves. And as the repose is celebrated in a way that is impossible in busy, frantic England, it is possible that one might even say High Mass for a third bottle of burgundy.

Jet-lag permitting, Cranmer looks forward to bringing once again his daily devotions, and he thanks his readers and communicants for playing so nicely while he was away.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I trust your ashes are well rested?

17 August 2008 at 16:17  
Anonymous Mr Graham said...

Good to have you back Your Grace.

17 August 2008 at 22:57  
Blogger Miss Snuffleupagus said...

I have missed you Your Grace, especially when the Archbishop of Canterbury said what he did, as I knew you would have been furious! :) I hope you enjoyed yourself. I look forward to your usual dedicated blogging.

17 August 2008 at 23:01  
Anonymous Zenobia said...

Ah - relief, Cranmer is back and all's right in my world.

Welcome back your Grace - I trust the ashes are well rested and well dusted; and perhaps you might be able to let me know what would that little red headed lass you used to tutor in your 'material' days think about the state of England today?

18 August 2008 at 04:42  
Blogger Richard Hooker said...

The world may indeed have descended into chaos, but the return of Your Grace to the blogosphere is a touch of sanity and a blessing. Welcome back.

18 August 2008 at 04:55  
Anonymous oiznop said...

Thank God for that. I never thought I was addicted to anything, but now I realise you are part of my breakfast. Welcome back.

18 August 2008 at 09:08  
Blogger Sammy said...

Welcome back Your Grace. I had feared that you would be away for longer.

18 August 2008 at 09:35  
Anonymous sandyrham said...

Sorry to barge in, but I've stirred some pro-Popery that could probably do with your elegant wit and erudition.

18 August 2008 at 11:07  
Anonymous Adrian P said...

It seems the Global Bankers who control the West are annoyed that Russia has paid off its National Debt to the Rothschild Dynasty who own most of the Central Banks in the World, Including our own decpetively named Bank of England.
They have therefore decided to stir up trouble for Russia by way of US backed shenanigans.

19 August 2008 at 00:01  
Anonymous British Patriot said...

The man who murdered Osama Bin Laden, Wake up, these Terror Laws are aimed at you the British People.

20 August 2008 at 01:30  

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