Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Archbishop Justin (re-)introduced to the Lords

A glorious and happy occasion in the Bishops' Room of the House of Lords.

But who in the name of St Veronica took the photograph? Really, who is responsible for this grotesque portrait of England's most senior Lords Spiritual? The Archbishop of York looks saintly enough, but the Bishop of London is doing a very convincing impersonation of Shrek, and the Archbishop of Canterbury appears to have an HP printer growing out of his head. No thought for composition, art or posterity. Just appalling. 

But welcome (back) to the House of Lords, Your Grace.


Blogger David Hussell said...

I wish ++Welby well. He certainly has his work cut out. May he be guided by The Holy Spirit, be fearless, clear headed, plain speaking and committed to preaching The Gospel.

26 February 2013 at 17:28  
Blogger David B said...

OK I give up.

Why St Veronica? I see from wiki that there is an unlikely story about her, her veil and an image that didn't even make the final cut of the Bible, but I don't really see the connection between this and an uninspired photo.

Seriously, though, isn't it about time for disestablishment, and for better qualifications for the Lords than gaining high office in one sect of many, in one religion of many, all of which cannot be right, but all of which can be wrong?


26 February 2013 at 17:40  
Blogger Zauq said...

Ah, lawn sleeves and chimeres. Where are the wigs?

26 February 2013 at 17:43  
Blogger William said...


"Where are the wigs?"

Where's Dodo?

26 February 2013 at 17:53  
Blogger Thomas Keningley said...

David: Well when the House of Lords was an actually independent institution, the only qualification for entering it was birth.

26 February 2013 at 18:25  
Blogger John Henson said...

"Where's Dodo?"


26 February 2013 at 18:25  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

I watched some of the footage from the Committee lookings to the SSM bill the other day on UK Parliament. The Bishop of Norwich was one of the witnesses and I thought he came across really well.

26 February 2013 at 18:36  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

SSM is going against God’s purpose Welby. Don’t forget that now...

26 February 2013 at 18:54  
Blogger Rasher Bacon said...

Priceless. Caption competition allowed? "The lamb curry is particularly good, Your Grace"

26 February 2013 at 19:02  
Blogger Driftwood said...

I blame Dodo for the photo. No wonder he was executed!

26 February 2013 at 19:25  
Blogger Phil Roberts said...

"I wish ++Welby well. He certainly has his work cut out. May he be guided by The Holy Spirit, be fearless, clear headed, plain speaking and committed to preaching The Gospel. "

About as likely as....


26 February 2013 at 19:47  
Blogger Nick said...

I pray that Archbishop Whelby will have the strength of character to provide strong and resilient leadership to all Christians in this country. We need that as an antidote to the amoral, self-justifying society we currently inhabit.

26 February 2013 at 21:20  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

I say Welby, are you asking yourself whether you are a placeman to appease the secularist politicians. Well, here’s your chance to shine. No doubt Henry II was laughing his head off having put in Becket. Now, your church needs strong leadership, before disabled single parent Lesbians are the only candidates allowed to be bishops.

Assert yourself, as in the same way you rose to the heights of oil industry. Show decisive leadership so that the bickering will stop, a silence occurs, and all heads will turn to you.

Carry on that man, God is with you...

26 February 2013 at 22:03  
Blogger Cressida de Nova said...

The three stooges providing comic relief... great pic.

26 February 2013 at 23:53  
Blogger carl jacobs said...

Seems like bishops should have better things to do than muck around in Gov't. Better for the church. Better for the gov't. It's never a good idea to mix the two.


27 February 2013 at 01:37  
Blogger Thomas Keningley said...

Nishat Bogra: What does your charismatic Bible college have to do with the house of Lords?

27 February 2013 at 07:21  
Blogger David B said...

I see, Nishat, that you are spamming a Christian University that claims to be accredited, but when one looks at its own source on the accreditation agency it uses it does not inspire confidence.

That website has nothing to say about what is necessary for an org to be accredited beyond the fact that it costs 300 bucks a year.

I further note that the colour schemes of the websites of the org you are spamming and its accreditors are more than a little similar.

Perhaps they are related?

David B

27 February 2013 at 07:25  
Blogger Zauq said...

Come now, Cressida, - stooges? The Bishop of London, at least, is certainly no stooge - a very sound prelate who adheres to classical Anglicanism and who promotes the Prayer Book.

27 February 2013 at 07:43  
Blogger Harry-ca-Nab said...

A picture is worth a thousand words.

So I will refrain.

27 February 2013 at 09:48  
Blogger Cressida de Nova said...

Yes that is correct.Classical Anglicanism is known for its anti Catholic stance and I am not over fond of chaps swanning around in fancy dress playing at being Bishops.I know this is an Anglican blog and my comment will cause offense but it is best to face up to the facts. The historical fact is that Anglicanism was created by a serial murderer to satisfy his debauched appetites. I do have "unbridled compassion" for the courageous Anglicans who cannot live the lie any longer and return to the true faith.

27 February 2013 at 11:32  
Blogger William said...


This is hilarious:

"I do have "unbridled compassion" for the courageous Anglicans who cannot live the lie any longer and return to the true faith."

Yes, your compassionate exchange with Albert was truly heart-warming when you discovered he was a convert.


You are currently the bookies favourite.

27 February 2013 at 11:47  
Blogger Cressida de Nova said...

Of course the satire escaped you William because apart from being spiteful you are a bit of a dunce as well,poor thing. "Unbridled compassion" is a benign
quote from our dearly departed Dodo who was banished for using this term in reference to His Grace .God bless him.

Yes my exchanges with Albert and practically everyone else on this blog have been heart stoppers. It's that sort of a Christian drop in centre.

27 February 2013 at 12:22  
Blogger Zauq said...

There there, Cressida.

27 February 2013 at 13:01  
Blogger William said...


Your messages and lamentations for "our dearly departed Dodo" are as heart-warming as your compassion for the converted. But it looks like Telegraph Purgatory, at the very least, for our fearless, feathery, flightless, old fraud. Considering he nearly brought this blog to its knees I would say that's pretty lenient, wouldn't you? Oh no of course you wouldn't, because to you it's just a Christian drop in centre. Perhaps you would find the Telegraph comments pages better suited as well? n'est ce pas?

27 February 2013 at 13:44  
Blogger Ars Hendrik said...

It is a lovely unpretentious photograph of three remarkable men.

Catholic I may be, but I love the good old CofE with all of the patriotism of my British heart (don't let the name fool you). It really is the treasure of the nation. Any doubts, read Roger Scruton's wonderful Our Church (he also wrote a beauty about hunting).

27 February 2013 at 13:49  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

" "Unbridled compassion" is a benign
quote from our dearly departed Dodo who was banished for using this term in reference to His Grace .God bless him." As it was the first post and was immediately deleted by His Nibs and no others can see it as nobody could attach a comment and ask for all comments posted thereafter to show in emails, how on earth would you know he used 'Unbridled compassion' in his comment? Surelyonly Dodo and His Nibs know what was composed.
Viewed his comment before it was deleted, did you? ;-)

"There there, Cressida." INDEEDY.


27 February 2013 at 13:50  
Blogger Cressida de Nova said...

William perhaps you should keep your head firmly lodged where it is usually domiciled instead of trying to assert yourself!

Ernst you are trying my patience with this nonsense.Hum some hymns in a nice quiet corner somewhere.
Hannah has a blog..the offending part of Dodo's post is on it. You should try apologising sometime..do a bit of Christian role play.

27 February 2013 at 14:08  
Blogger Flossie said...

The Shrek lookalike is surely Giles Fraser, not the Bishop of London!!!

27 February 2013 at 14:41  
Blogger David B said...

I see that a post that Thomas Keningly and I cross posted in responding to at some point after 7 this morning has been properly removed.

I would not have complained had my response to it been removed as well - it looks a bit silly without context.


27 February 2013 at 16:45  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...


Ernst you are trying my patience with this nonsense (Nonsense, be gads).Hum some hymns in a nice quiet corner somewhere (Matron, where's Ernst fav Oscar Hammerstein II song book..Lets sing ' "Getting to Know You, getting to know all about you").
Hannah has a blog..the offending part of Dodo's post is on it. (Goodness, NOW when did hannah say that to us here for you to go scrambling over there or are you psychic, my sweet fantasist child?)

You should try apologising sometime..do a bit of Christian role play.(Not if the thing you are implying, that ol me is wrong regarding an unknown comment that nobody here was ever made aware of is pushed Ernst's way. Ernst "role play" Indeed, the cheek! *indignant huff and crossing of arms*

Ernst the mentalist Blofeld

27 February 2013 at 17:06  
Blogger Hannah Kavanagh said...

Yes I've got a blog and anyone here is welcome to comment on it. Cressie says she's French and I can confirm that I've had 'hits' from France over the past week.

Hope this helps? And secondly I don't think that this speculation is what his Grace actually wants.

If Dodo was a disruptive influence here, then clearly his departure is achieving more disruption, with people speculating if anyone else is Dodo... rather than discussing more interesting themes or the original theme chosen by His Grace.

27 February 2013 at 17:41  
Blogger Hannah Kavanagh said...

Strangely I also know some one from the Vatican is reading my blog... I wonder why a Cardinal would be reading the blog of a gay Jewish girl and her twin sister? Very strange.

27 February 2013 at 18:03  
Blogger David B said...

Hannah, I can only suppose that some denizens of the Vatican have strange tastes regarding what they consider erotic material.


27 February 2013 at 19:28  
Blogger Thomas Keningley said...

David: Even more confusingly, it vanished without a trace, not even "This comment has been removed by a blog administrator". Oh well, I guess people can probably guess what was there.

27 February 2013 at 22:56  
Blogger len said...

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28 February 2013 at 00:18  
Blogger Cressida de Nova said...

some enchanted evening
Ernst thinks he sees a stranger
hallucinating and a danger
in his white padded room

he sits on his throne
a worn out commode
whilst nursie brings booze
hidden in big bottles of cologne

paranoid and jumpy
hearing banging and a thumping
he thinks it's dodo dumpty
returned to wreak revenge

he gets on the piss
a born again's bliss
now spending his time
scribbling scripture on walls

Who can explain it
Who can tell you why
Fools can explain it
Ernst Bluedog Carl- oh why

28 February 2013 at 13:38  
Blogger len said...

Perhaps the group pictured are about to break into song' barbershop' style?.

A novel way to bring the gospel to the masses?.(no pun intended)

2 March 2013 at 09:04  

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