Monday, December 04, 2006

This religion lark. What’s it all about, then?

Anglican vicar turns atheist. Decides that’s a bit too rigid and becomes agnostic. Needless to say the BBC love him.This story adds a whole new dimension to the debates on Joee’s blog and Fr Ray’s blog. The vicar-turned-atheist-turned-agnostic has a blog (I won’t link to it) on which he calls the Anglican churchman Michael Nazir-Ali, “Nazi-Ali”.

Nice guy.

Maybe counting the number of buttons on a cassock isn’t so bad after all…..


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would hate to think what would happen if an Anglican priest started a blog which detailed RC priests falls from grace...I can think of a number of candidates for the roll.
Is that a mote in my eye?

11:07 AM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

It's neither a mote nor a beam.

Has Mark Vernon fallen from grace? He's at least honest in following the dictates of conscience. As you say, details of the falls from grace of RC priests would make rather grim reading for Cathlics.

The point of the post was to highlight the worldview of the BBC. There are ca 4000 Catholic priests in the UK and goodness only knows how many Anglican ministers. Odd that the BBC sought out someone who became an atheist/agnostic.

Has there been a general failure in the ability to detect irony today.?

4:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...quite possibly my irony-o-meter had failed due to a trip to the dentist earlier in the day (which also explains how I managed to spend the remainder of the day looking at websites), so apologies if I overlooked the sublety. I have detected a certain anti-anglican bias on some of these sites recently, which I find worrying. I must admit that I find the Anglican church worrying as well, but there are pockets of men within it who are very much priests, and very much men of God. We would do well to seem nurturing and welcoming, as none of us knows what the future holds.

Lecture over, I'm off to find some painkillers before I go to the Primary School to say Mass and give the RE lesson. I do not think that today will be one of my better days!

7:52 AM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

Oh I heartily agree, there is a very unhealthy degreee of bashing Anglicans in the Catholic blogosphere.

Do we think GK Chesterton, Cardinal Newman, Mgr Knox and Gerard Manley Hopkins sprang fully Catholic from the womb? Catholicism in this country would be a bit dull without them....

Pray for our Anglican friends and for us Catholics, too, when we get a bit smug.

7:58 AM  

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