Mitre confusion

Isn’t it staggering how a bunch of guys who are supposed to be able to speak ex cathedra or at least with some authority find it so difficult to string two effective words together? All they’re doing is exposing their own confusion and incompetence. Had Rowan Williams altered the single word “all” and substituted “ a lot of “ he would have been home and dry. You can hear from the tape he was about to use other words anyway and changed his mind in the last milli-second. The BBC didn’t help by failing to point out that Williams had partly apologised for his remarks 36 hours before they were broadcast in context, but informed listeners wll have made their own adjustments. The context made no difference anyway. Next, instead of developing their own position on the impact of the Catholic crisis on Christianity in Ireland, the Church of Ireland leaders fell over themselves to gang up on the presiding bishop of their own Communion for his minor contribution, using weasel words like “unhelpful.” Unhelpful to whom? The trade union of compromised bishops? Finally we have a second Vatican fool in almost as many days grossly offending people of conscience far more than Williams did under the Pope’s very nose with his talk of “petty gossip.” Meanwhile the BBC leads with the startling Easter news that the Pope himself has said ‘ nothing.” What a shower. It’s nearly enough to turn you into you a Presbyterian. At least we have it confirmed that Vatican attitudes lie at the heart of the problem. I turn with relief to Anne Marie Houricane’s good sense.

Traditionally, Irish Catholics have not given a damn about anything that English Protestants have had to say – unless it is about us.

Discover more from Slugger O'Toole

Subscribe to get the latest posts to your email.

Categories Uncategorised

We are reader supported. Donate to keep Slugger lit!

For over 20 years, Slugger has been an independent place for debate and new ideas. We have published over 40,000 posts and over one and a half million comments on the site. Each month we have over 70,000 readers. All this we have accomplished with only volunteers we have never had any paid staff.

Slugger does not receive any funding, and we respect our readers, so we will never run intrusive ads or sponsored posts. Instead, we are reader-supported. Help us keep Slugger independent by becoming a friend of Slugger. While we run a tight ship and no one gets paid to write, we need money to help us cover our costs.

If you like what we do, we are asking you to consider giving a monthly donation of any amount, or you can give a one-off donation. Any amount is appreciated.