Jon Snow: ‘The Pope is condemning many millions of people to death’
And the unequivocal riposte of Aunty Joanna is that he is doing no such thing.
The Pope (with a hint of redaction from the Vatican's press office) has reiterated that 'condoms (even) aggravate the problem of aids' and that abstinence and fidelity are the only absolutely certain ways of avoiding sexually transmitted infections. And one gets the slight impression that Mrs Bogle agrees with him.
Cranmer likes orthodoxy, passion, eloquent conviction and balls.
But what is noteworthy during this interview is the moment when Jon Snow criticises Mrs Bogle for being ‘fierce’, reminding her that ‘we’re talking about God and Christ and all this stuff’.
Actually, they were talking about 22 million Africans dying of AIDS.
And that, of course, is nothing to be remotely angered by or passionate about.
Cranmer does not entirely agree with Mrs Bogle on the question of ‘bits of rubber’, but he is rather irritated by the patronising and pompous attitude of Mr Snow and the inference that God, Christ and the death of 22 million human beings may only be discussed in a calm, objective and dispassionate manner. We appear to have lost all understanding of righteous anger.
One wonders what Mr Snow might have said to Jesus as he was turning over a few tables in the Temple.