Cranmer’s Celebratory Pulpit No.VII
Cranmer is delighted to reward his communicants with an open pulpit today.
It has been two months since he his last expression of benevolence to his readers and communicants, and a new threshold has been passed which is worthy of commemoration. Yesterday, His Grace’s ‘traffic’ (for he believes that is how readers and communicants are termed in blogspeak) exceeded 700 unique visitors in a single day. Cranmer is read by around 3,500 people each week, and his busiest month to date was (bizarrely) August – traditionally the quietest month – which drew 15,853 unique visitors.
In celebration of this traffic update, and in perpetual commemoration of the spiritual liberation afforded by his own pulpit experience with the Provost of Eton, Dr Henry Cole (illustrated above), His Grace is pleased to host another ‘Cranmer’s Pulpit’ for communicants to raise whatever religio-political or politico-religious concerns they do so wish…
…intelligently and eruditely, of course.
And if communicants are in need of focus, Cranmer has a few things on his mind: firstly, the impressive Danes are to be given a second referendum on the euro, simply because they obviously gave the wrong answer the last time they were consulted. Cranmer wonders if they say ‘yes’ to the euro this time if they will be given an opportunity to withdraw a few years later. Teleology abounds.
He has also been pondering Cherie Blair’s thoughts on religious discrimination agains women. The BBC reported this a few weeks ago, noting:
…she rejected the notion that Islam was innately discriminatory towards women by suggesting that the use of Sharia law in some Muslim countries went against the true precepts of the faith: "It is not laid down in the Koran that women can be beaten by their husbands or that their evidence should be devalued, as it is in some Islamic courts," she said. "It is important for judges and political leaders to remind everyone that the philosophical purpose of the Sharia is to protect and promote human welfare."
Rather like her husband, the poor woman evidently does not know what she is talking about, and invariably stops short of calling for female cardinals and popes. But it is of incidental interest to Cranmer that in the BBC’s reporting of this story - which was manifestly about how religions discriminate against women - there was not one mention of the gender inequalities manifest in the Roman Catholic Church. This was certainly covered by other media outlets, but in true biased BBC fashion, there was not a word uttered against the teaching that ‘only a baptised man validly receives sacred ordination’.