Isnt 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 theyre 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 Popes 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 Houricanes good sense.
Traditionally, Irish Catholics have not given a damn about anything that English Protestants have had to say unless it is about us.
Former BBC journalist and manager in Belfast, Manchester and London, Editor Spolight; Political Editor BBC NI; Current Affairs Commissioning editor BBC Radio 4; Editor Political and Parliamentary Programmes, BBC Westminster; former London Editor Belfast Telegraph. Hon Senior Research Fellow, The Constitution Unit, Univ Coll. London