The Other I

April 3, 2010

Religious politics strain brotherly love

Filed under: Catholicism and other questions of religion,The English — theotheri @ 4:45 pm

I’m sure it’s in the news that the Archbishop of Canterbury, the head of the Anglican Church throughout the world, has said that the Catholic Church in Ireland has lost all credibility and that it is difficult for some priests even to walk in public wearing a Roman collar throughout the country.  It’s front page news here.  The Archbishop also suggested that the Pope would be greeted as a colleague in his visit to Britain in September but suggested a distinct lack of enthusiasm about seeing him.

Apparently the Pope’s visit was planned initially to welcome in hoards of Anglican priests and their parishioners who were fleeing to Rome in protest over the ordination of women priests and bishops in the Anglican Church.  It was a rather under-handed manoeuvre by the Pope to offer them asylum making a tricky situation for the Anglican Church even trickier.

The Irish paedophile scandal, however, has given dissenting Anglicans pause lest they find themselves in the fire instead of the more comfortable frying pan.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who constantly reminds the voting public that he is the son of a Church of Scotland minister, has declared that the Labour Party is the Good Samaritan.  He’s behind in the polls for an election that will probably take place on May 6, and by law cannot be delayed beyond June 6.

Also of critical interest, today Cambridge beat Oxford in the annual boat race that’s been taking place on the Thames for 180 years.  Thousands of people lined the Thames to watch it, and tens of thousands more watched it on television.  The race lasts for 18 minutes.

It’s important to keep things in perspective.



  1. From BBC
    The Archbishop of Canterbury has expressed his “deep sorrow” for any difficulties caused by his comments about the Catholic Church in Ireland

    Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin Dr John Neill – a senior figure in Ireland’s Anglican communion – said he had listened to the remarks of Dr Williams with “deep regret”.
    “As one who… acknowledges the pain and deep suffering of the victims of abuse, I also feel for the countless priests and bishops who daily live out their Christian vocation,” he added.
    Fellow Anglican the Most Revd Richard Clarke, Bishop of Meath and Kildare, said Dr Williams’ remarks were “careless and reckless” and “deeply hurtful”.
    “As those of us who live in this country know very well, most bishops, priests and religious of the Roman Catholic tradition minister faithfully and selflessly under very difficult conditions with the love and support of their people,” he added.


    Comment by djc1 — April 4, 2010 @ 2:19 am | Reply

    • Thank you for your comment. You are right to point out that the Archbishop of Canterbury has apologized for any difficulties his remarks may have caused those in the Catholic Church in Ireland who are trying to deal with this scandal with integrity. There are some leaders who are, and who are showing courage and determination.

      There are also many – I think even the majority – of clergy who are living dedicated lives of service. They, too, are suffering along with the thousands of abused, as a result of this scandal.


      Comment by theotheri — April 4, 2010 @ 2:55 pm | Reply

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