Catholic Mayor bans prayer
Cranmer is not remotely hung up on the issue of compulsory prayers in the sphere of temporal government, but he is most exercised when official gatherings, which have traditionally been preceded or succeeded by Christian prayer, suddenly cease to be so out of ‘sensitivity’ to Britain’s ‘multi-faith’ population, especially when none is complaining. Before long, there will be a demand to end the tradition of prayer in the Houses of Parliament, after which MPs will cease to acknowledge and authority greater than theirs (if they haven’t ceased already).
Mayor Prudence Boswell, 64, has ordered the prayers for guidance and the Lord’s prayer be replaced with a ‘quiet moment of reflection’. That this demand should come from a practising Roman Catholic beggars belief. The clergy of all denominations have been told that their services are no longer required.
Prayers for the community, and supplications to God that councillors would serve with wisdom, are replaced with a Buddhist notion of meditation, in order that councillors may ‘think quietly in their own way’. It seems to Cranmer that the propensity of politicians to think ‘in their own way’ rather than in God’s way is a manifest cause of the state we’re in. Mayor Boswell added: ‘We did have a Buddhist member a few years ago. I am sure we probably have had non-believers, but I would not know who - it’s not my business.’
Indeed it is not. And neither should it be within the authority of a fickle, self-important, here-today-gone-tomorrow mayor to terminate six centuries of Christian tradition.