Friday, October 03, 2008

Cranmer’s Pulpit No XIV

Something has happened, and Cranmer cannot put his finger on it. Not because his digits are ash, but because he appears to have attracted many thousands of additional readers to his august blog of intelligent and erudite comment upon matters religio-political, and he is not entirely sure how.

September was a phenomenal month. Following July’s previous record of 27,791 unique visitors, September saw 35,257 unique visitors to this site, representing 46,024 page-views.

52% of Cranmer’s traffic is through referrers, of which there are now 7,842. The highest by far continue to be Iain Dale’s Diary (19.5%) and Conservative Home (12.7%). 57% of Cranmer’s readers are regular communicants, with 4.78% of them visiting more than 200 times over the month. Since this amounts to about 7 times a day, His Grace exhorts them to get out a bit more.

Cranmer’s most-viewed page is that dealing with Oxford’s Christians apologising for daring to hold a ‘call to prayer’ during Ramadan (1,795 views).

In celebration of Cranmer’s growing popularity, and in perpetual commemoration of the spiritual liberation afforded by his own pulpit experience with the Provost of Eton, Dr Henry Cole, His Grace is pleased to offer this ‘Cranmer’s Pulpit’ to his communicants for the raising of whatever religio-political or politico-religious concerns they do so wish (intelligently and eruditely, of course).


Anonymous long-term inhabitant said...

May I recommend your Grace's communicants read an excellent article by Citizen Warrior, which questions whether the 'Religion of Peace' should be regarded as a 'religion' at all.

If we removed the 'religious' cover would we then see it for what it is - a vicious, primitive, tribal, supremacist, totalitarian political and social ideology?

3 October 2008 at 10:10  
Anonymous oiznop said...

Your Grace, Mandelson is back in the Cabinet and it's symbolic of Brown's desperation. This government is bankrupt and panicking.

3 October 2008 at 10:14  
Blogger John M Ward said...

Actually, Your Grace, wasn't yours an august 'blog the previous month?

I visit once or twice a day, typically; but occasionally I return an extra time if I need to link to one of your articles after having thought about it after having already visited and left. Thus I'd say I visit 50 to 60 times in a typical month.

Even so, I confess I haven't been getting out quite as much as I should in recent times (mainly because of the dodgy weather we've been having; and it is rather exposed at this altitude), so my thanks to you for reminding me that I must do something about that.

3 October 2008 at 10:15  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The seven times a day view could be people referring back to your site in order to pass on your information and sending links to others. i know i do sometimes.

3 October 2008 at 10:19  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Grace,

Do you really believe Barack Obama has some sort of muslim faith or do simply dislike his policies?

3 October 2008 at 10:27  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Mr/Miss/Mrs/Ms Anonymous,

His Grace does not respond to anonymice, but exhorts all to find the creativity of spirit to ascribe unto themselves a name by which they may be easily identified. It is tiresome trying to converse in a thread with multiple individuals called 'Anonymous'.

3 October 2008 at 10:48  
Anonymous the recusant said...

We know Ruth Kelly is out, but we don’t know if she jumped or was pushed. As a marginal seat holder it is a reasonably safe bet she will not be re–elected in 2010, but as a Catholic in a labour cabinet she is in the difficult position of opposing homosexual marriages, gay adoption and abortion and is in stark opposition to that nest of secular puritans and militant feminists that comprise Ed Balls, Jacqui Smith, Hazel Blears, Harriet Harman, Alan Jonson and John Hutton, She clearly had to go. Unquestionable loyal to her Labour party it is to her credit that she did not do what a recent ex-Chief Constable did in whining and moaning to the press and anyone who would listen.

Now we find Des Brown has also been given the chop, I bet Paul Murphy is spinning his rosary as we speak. The thing about this lot is they are soooo predictable, Gordon Brown in clutching at straws, what next the return of Alastair Campbell along with Mandelson. Watch this space, I predict the rising star is Rosie Winterton, another that will fit right in the bloc of multi-cultis.

3 October 2008 at 11:11  
Blogger Mark B said...

History repeats itself - first as tragedy, secondly as farce.

Oh Mandy, they took you away ...

3 October 2008 at 11:23  
Anonymous Mr Graham said...

Your Grace,

Where do you think our Prime Minister's famous "Moral Compass" is pointing today?

I am no Roman Catholic (far from it), however I was heartened by having Kelly, Browne and Murphy in the Cabinet to give the balance of christian morality. To see only Murphy left in my mind is a travesty. It was bad enough with only 3, but now with one...

3 October 2008 at 11:23  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Mr Graham,

His Grace is profoundly saddened that two leading Roman Catholics have found themselves unable to continue as members of this appallingly anti-Christian Labour Government. Their departure is indicative of the depths of depavity to which the Government has sunk. Mr Murphy will be feeling isolated indeed, and one wonders how his conscience permits him to continue.

3 October 2008 at 11:39  
Anonymous Tim Buckley said...

Your Grace,

Do you really believe Barack Obama has some sort of muslim faith or do simply dislike his policies?

3 October 2008 at 17:45  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Mr Buckley,

His Grace has never met Senator Obama, and so he cannot know. All that he can know - if indeed it is knowing - is that certain sections of the media profess to know certain hitherto concealed aspects of Senator Obama's heritage, and His Grace has alluded to some of this knowledge, though it is not, as he has said, knowledge that he himself knows, nor does he know anyone who does know; merely being superficially acquainted with those who profess to know what they know. He is himself prepared to concede that he knows the Senator's faith is unknown to all save the Senator himself and to God, though the Senator may also be deluding himself in what he knows, and so only God truly knows what the Senator knows and His Grace cannot absolutely know what either knows.

3 October 2008 at 18:08  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think jumping ship may be the only option left for any christian left on the Nulab titanic as she steams full ahead through the icefield.
The moral compass has been thrown overboard because some of the crew didn`t like the look of it,and now they are running blind.
How long to the crunch I wonder?.

3 October 2008 at 19:15  
Anonymous steadmancinques said...

My grandfather fought at Jutland and my father in the North Atlantic and the Pacific so that;
a) an Australian citizen can be arrested and held in prison on arrival in this country pending extradition on a warrant issued by a foreign power for an alleged offence which is not a crime under British Law- needless to say, the foreign power is the country to prevent whose tyrannical domination, both my father and grandfather were prepared to give their lives- and so many of their friends did.
b) a policeman with fourteen years unblemished service and commendations for bravery is required to resign for the offence of wearing the badge of a legitimate political party, of which he is not even a member, in an off-duty capacity at a football match- What was it that Queen Elizabeth said about making windows into men's souls?

3 October 2008 at 22:01  
Blogger Joshua said...

Your grace,

Would you please comment on The Lausanne Covenant, The GCOWE '95 Declaration, AD2000 and Beyond, and Redemptoris Missio?

7 October 2008 at 14:57  
Blogger Cranmer said...


7 October 2008 at 20:57  
Blogger Joshua said...

ok... How about an overview of the recent Lambeth Conference...? Some of the topics that were to your liking, or some that you disagreed with the most...?

8 October 2008 at 23:15  
Blogger Joshua said...

or... the recent disinterment by the Vatican of the remains of the 19th century English theologian, Cardinal Newman? Yet when a posse of papal grandees dug up his grave near Birmingham, they found it empty.

8 October 2008 at 23:26  
Blogger Joshua said...

how about... The story of a Catholic adoption agency in northwest England facing possible eviction from diocesan properties if its trustees do not reconsider a decision to comply with government demands to place children with homosexual partners....?

8 October 2008 at 23:34  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Mr Joshua,

His Grace has already imparted his wisdom on the Lambeth Conference, and bemoaned the closure of Catholic adoption agencies.

He is saving all comment on Cardinal Newman for the imminent announcement of his promotion to the left foot of God.

9 October 2008 at 08:26  

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