Friday, September 12, 2008

MPs have audience with Pope

Cranmer is a little intrigued to read that Conservative MP Brian Binley has had an audience with Pope Benedict XVI. Mr Binley is not Roman Catholic, and describes himself as an ‘irregular church goer’. He is, however, a Freemason and a member of Cornerstone. One must surmise that he values the Christian foundations of his party’s philosophy and the nation’s history.

But Cranmer is even more intrigued that this is Mr Binley’s second such audience, and that it was his hope that the meeting will be ‘productive and useful for our two governments' relations’.

Is Mr Binley there on behalf of HM Government?

Apparently, His Holiness greeted the ‘All Party Parliamentary Group from the United Kingdom’, yet this cannot be a public audience, for private discussions must be taking place for the meeting to be 'productive and useful'. But why are they granted such an audience, and what did they discuss? Contraception? The Lisbon Treaty? Child abuse? Islamic terrorism? Social Justice? The anti-Christian roots of Freemasonry? Or the remarkably successful ‘brand decontamination’ which ‘God’s Rottweiler’ has undergone to become the quite remarkable Pope Benedict XVI? The Conservatives could certainly learn a lot from that.

If any communicants can throw any light on these meetings, he would be deeply appreciative. All-Party groups are rather nebulous entities, and are usually despatched on ‘fact-finding’ missions. But Cranmer cannot find which such group has audiences with the Pope, and why.

Mr Binley’s specialism appears to be ‘Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reforms’. His Holiness must be a rather busy man, and is hardly likely to be much enthused by that.

Does this unspecified All-Party Parliamentary Group also have audiences with the Archbishop of Canterbury?


Anonymous the recusant said...

‘God’s Rottweiler’ please! Surely you mean ‘German Shepherd’

I understood this Pope was not going to continue Pope John Paul’s open door policy on audiences and consequently there were going to be fewer. As the Vatican state has no real economic, industrial or military clout I can only assume it must be religio/political, Perhaps the visit is to discuss the pension arrangements for the Anglo-Catholics who are to cross the Tiber in the coming months or we are expecting a new Cardinal Archbishop to replace Cormac Murphy-O'Connor in the near future. Alternatively perchance the Pope is planning to visit the UK when Cardinal Newman is raised to the Alters, now that would be coup.
Do you have an audience with the Archbishop of Canterbury? I though you had inclusive, "growing in the spirit" pastorally enabling Indaba with Cantuar!

12 September 2008 at 12:13  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Mr Recusant,

The rottweiler remark is linked to The Telegraph.

If, as you say, there were always going to be fewer audiences, this elevates Mr Binley's meetings to a somewhat higher status.

And if the discussions centred around pension arrangements for those Anglo-Catholics intent on crossing the Tiber, or the succession possibilities for the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, or even the prospect of a papal visit on the happy and blessed occasion of the beatification of Cardinal Newman, why on earth is His Holiness consulting a Freemason?

His Grace thought the Vatican rather frowned on this cult.

12 September 2008 at 12:25  
Anonymous hear o israel said...

i am quite sure your grace that the preservation of the christian gospel is at these meetings heart .

whilst the C of E seems unable to decide if you can take up your cross and still live a life full of earthly pleasure and distraction , his holiness the pope has highlighted how little authority the C of E now stands for.

I am a protestant only in the sense that i believe that there is no clerical intermediary needed , and that our prayers are to god and not gatekeeped by a man in fine garments. I am catholic however in the need for good interpretation of scipture which does need an informed and intelligent clergy.

i have no doubt that his holiness is a godly man in his seeking of the truth , the more so when you see how the C of E troubles are festering.

The pope does wish to change the bible or its relevanece to people , nor do I, surely that is very good ground indeed on which to meet

12 September 2008 at 17:15  
Blogger mckenzie said...

Slightlty off tack, but the subject is the Pope

Actress faces jail for saying Pope will go to hell.

I find this very refreshing indeed

12 September 2008 at 17:58  
Blogger mckenzie said...

Slightly off track even. seem to be under attack from some strange neurolytic typing disability.

12 September 2008 at 18:09  
Anonymous Brita said...


Some people seem to think we have only one party anyway. That's basically Marxist; and it's under orders from the euSSR. Forget the Mother of Parliaments!

I've heard some Anglicans (in the US) declare their intention of re-uniting with the Church of Rome. Forget the Archbishop of Canterbury as anything more than a minion!

I've also noticed that Gordo's infamous lisbon thing got filed...IN ROME! Remember Rome?

Anybody think a New [Unholy] Roman Empire's on the cards?

P.S MacKenzie @ 17:58:- yes, I noticed that bit of fascism, too.

12 September 2008 at 18:32  
Blogger Holy Smoke said...

It is all in the wording .. "an audience with the Pope" You and twenty other people were ushered into a room and received a blessing from the Pope. Whoopie doo! It is not like you and the Pope had a tet- a-tet over tea and scones. Sounds like your typical politician getting his holiday payed for.

13 September 2008 at 03:17  
Blogger mckenzie said...


I pray to God for your prophesy to come true.

13 September 2008 at 09:03  
Anonymous Brita said...

Forgive me, Mckenzie! I'm not prophesying - just trying to figure out the pattern. It does seem to point to an awful lot of Antichrist, though...

Maybe I'm just programmed to think that way.

13 September 2008 at 21:40  
Anonymous complete lunatic said...

brita - Obama is the antichrist you muppet. Everyone knows that. It's been proved. Plus his real name is Osama. Fact. Just ask Cranmer.

13 September 2008 at 23:29  

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