Sunday, August 16, 2009

Cranmer feriatus est

His Grace’s ashes are off in search of summer.

His august blog of intelligent and erudite comment upon matters religio-political will be taking an intermission.

He exhorts his communicants to play nicely and speak temperately in his absence.

Do unto others as you wish the Conservative Party to do unto you.

In the meantime, on the 450th anniversary of the Reformation in Scotland, The Guardian urges the nation to thank God for this mighty movement, while The Times observes its inherent contribution to the Scottish Enlightenment.



Blogger Gnostic said...

Your Grace, if you do find that errant sun please spank it soundly and remind it that there is a group of chilly northern isles missing its summer.

As for doing to others as Dave would do to me, I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy. Well actually I would but I'm sure you get my meaning.

Enjoy your break. With your daily upkeeping of matters religio-political, both intelligent and erudite, (not to mention the entertainment value) you've earned it.

16 August 2009 at 07:56  
Anonymous sydneysider said...

Have a good holiday Yor Grace and as they say down under don't forget
to 'slip slop slap'

16 August 2009 at 08:37  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cura ut valeas.
Ne maneas multas horas sub sole sine umbra aut protectione.
Lege multos libros ad aedificandum animae.

16 August 2009 at 09:27  
Blogger The Young Oligarch said...

Have a good holiday , Your Grace .

I'm sure I remember from school a locative case feriatae which could be more suitable here . However it isn't in Lewis and Short which is the only dictionary I have here .
Perhaps other communicants could verify this ?

The articles you linked to are fairly tame , but useful , if only to read the bitter comments in the Guardian .

On a related topic - is that the same Kevin McKenna who was sacked as editor of The Celtic View for describing the Enniskillen boming as " a legitimate act of war"?

If so , he's changed his tune .

16 August 2009 at 10:27  
Anonymous len said...

Have a good holiday your Grace.
Sit vis nobiscum.

16 August 2009 at 11:07  
Anonymous no nonny said...

Have a wonderful holiday, Your Grace.
As anon said at 09.27 - that old Sol does awful things to our northern skins!

16 August 2009 at 11:57  
Blogger Terry Hamblin said...

Happy Holidays (if that is not too PC)

16 August 2009 at 12:22  
Anonymous Dave J. said...

Enjoy a well-earned respite, Your Grace. I would note as a bit of trivia that today is not only the 450th anniversary of the Scottish Reformation, but also the same anniversary of the oldest permanent European settlement in the United States: the foundation by the Spanish of the city of Pensacola, in my own beloved adopted state of Florida. Auspicious events, both.

16 August 2009 at 19:28  
Anonymous not a machine said...

Utere sorte tua

16 August 2009 at 20:36  
Anonymous not a machine said...

sorry your grace forgot to mention tonights Channel 4 offering "how do we know god exists" which turned out to have some interesting questions , but all the way through I couldnt help but think it was a bit lite , but rabbi Jonathan Sachs was most interesting, I doubt the Islamic scholars thought of the need to revise what the Koran says will go down well .

Have a look your grace upon your return

16 August 2009 at 20:57  
Anonymous no nonny said...

Dave J - I hadn't realized Pensacola was settled before St. Augustine! Well, well.

16 August 2009 at 22:05  
Blogger FAIRFACTS MEDIA said...

Yes have a great holiday and come back refreshed.
You have fans in New Zealand as well!

16 August 2009 at 22:33  
Anonymous nemosile said...

Claudette heads for the Florida Panhandle - hope all stay safe in those sunny climes!!

16 August 2009 at 23:30  
Blogger Jim Bartlet said...

Gees, who is going to wind me up into a frenzy now? Can't somebody invent a pseudo Cranmer blog until he gets back?

Can you get Cranmer on holiday tablets from the chemist?

16 August 2009 at 23:58  
Anonymous John Knox said...

Sol iustitiae illustra nos.

17 August 2009 at 00:31  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Your Grace,

‘Murdo Fraser, the Scottish Conservatives’ deputy leader, said the, “The Scottish Government has been remiss in not marking it [the anniversary].” ‘

Why would the Left-liberal elite in the Scottish Executive be reluctant to celebrate the Reformation?

The Reformation introduced schools and a basic level of literacy so that people could read the Bible and other texts; it taught about morality and man’s relationship to the Almighty; it influenced the development of such subjects as sociology, economics and anthropology and influenced ideas that laid the foundations for the constuitution of the United States (and rebellion against the Crown).

So why does the Left-liberal elite refuse to celebrate a decisive movemnet that was radical, revolutionary and supports the foundations of democracy?

It is because, unlike socialism, the Reformation is anti-totalitarianism.

It is written:

‘"Give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's."

It will always be: God first and Caesar second.

That is what frightens the Left-liberal elite: men who dare to give their allegiance to their Creator rather than the socialist elite who believe they and they alone are sovereign.

For on what other basis can the socialists in power oppress the Judaeo-Christian in this once great nation?

17 August 2009 at 09:28  
Anonymous churchmouse said...

Nail on head, D. Singh. Another part of their technique is, of course, Divide and Conquer.

Very old, that one - it involves setting Brits (who are all Celts) against one another so that they'll appreciate nice gentle Invaders Who Bear Human Rights! [And set up a Class System with themselves as aristocrats]

What gets me is how we fall for it every time. The Hiberno-Vikings and the Normans helped some of us against the Anglo-Saxons, some of whom (at least the Northumbrians after Oswald) probably did try to unite us in peace. But the Vikings and the Normans eventually killed off the Anglo-Saxons. The later 'English' are a myth of their making: for the use of which see Geoffrey of Monmouth and Gerald of Wales.

And now just watch those euro-socialists exploit and incite Celtic internecine strife! Go Commies!!!![irony - though I wish they would leave].

17 August 2009 at 19:05  
Blogger Adrian said...

No guest bloggers in the absence of His Grace?

17 August 2009 at 21:13  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try this revolutionary idea

18 August 2009 at 00:06  
Anonymous hire said...

Good post ..
Have a good holiday. Grace.

18 August 2009 at 09:38  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


want to spank me instead ?

18 August 2009 at 19:33  
Blogger Lord Lavendon said...

Anon @19.33 ;Spank Gnostic ? What is the world coming to ! That is no way to speak to a lady!

I hope his grace has a wonderful time, will we get the photo- album of the holiday upon his grace's return ?

18 August 2009 at 20:19  
Anonymous Knighthawk said...

Your Grace,

Having stirred up a hornets nest with your spirited defence of Daniel Hannan, you know, and we know, and you know that we know that vanishing for a while is a smart move.

Hope its not too hot in Afghanistan. Keep your head down and try to enjoy yourself.

18 August 2009 at 22:11  
Blogger ZZMike said...

"Cura ut valeas."

Why are we bantering around in this Popish tongue?

"You have fans in New Zealand as well!"

I submit that you have fans enough that you don't have to worry about overheating.

To those who might be tempted - don't bother with the "revolutionary idea". (I did caution you.) With luck, our gracious host will consign it to the Electronic Void at his fisrt opportunity.

19 August 2009 at 21:31  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re ZZ and the 'revolutionary idea' - I thought it looked dangerous.

wv: croodst ... Wrong again!! Re: ldlie....

19 August 2009 at 23:36  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re ZZ and the 'revolutionary idea' - I thought it looked dangerous.

wv: croodst ... Wrong again!! Re: lcdly....

19 August 2009 at 23:42  
Blogger Manfarang said...

Welcome to Eastbourne.Sun trap of the south!

20 August 2009 at 04:11  
Blogger FAIRFACTS MEDIA said...

Nah, it looks like Bridlington to me!

20 August 2009 at 11:21  
Blogger Manfarang said...

Well it won't be Port Elizabeth.
No summer there.

21 August 2009 at 11:02  
Blogger Manfarang said...

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21 August 2009 at 11:26  
Anonymous nemosile said...

The sea looks a bit too clean for Florida.

21 August 2009 at 19:16  
Blogger Miss Snuffleupagus said...

I am thinking of you Your Grace, hoping the sun is shining wherever you are.

22 August 2009 at 10:31  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

" "Cura ut valeas."

Why are we bantering around in this Popish tongue?"

Latin is the tongue of all learned men, whether papist or of the True Faith.
However, as the author of the post that provoked your ignorant rhetorical question, I am constrained to point out that 'feriatus est' is the perfect tense of the Medieval Latin 'ferior' and wonder whether the present tense 'feriatur' would not be more suitable.

22 August 2009 at 11:42  
Anonymous linguist said...

Mediaeval is the preferred spelling
of learned men.

23 August 2009 at 04:33  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Mediaeval is the preferred spelling
of learned men."

Or pedants, according to most encyclopaediae.

Or would that be an oecumenical matter?
I'll have to consult Wikipaedia.
(Wikipaedia - hmm, sounds like some kind of child abuse.)
Fr Jack

23 August 2009 at 07:11  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mock snarkiness aside, I think 'medieval' is preferable as nobody really writes 'coaeval'.

'ae' usually represents Greek 'ai' but should be written coalesced and is pronounced like a long 'e' in English derivations.
'ae' Latin is pronounced as long 'i'.

23 August 2009 at 07:27  
Anonymous no nonny said...

Americans, I know, use Medieval - most haven't even heard of the other. I know many Brits also use Medieval; it just seems easier, and the dictionaries approve of both (I'm looking at Chambers, here)..

23 August 2009 at 10:15  
Blogger Frugal Dougal said...

I hope Your Grace returns well reasted and ready to rock.

24 August 2009 at 01:04  
Anonymous sydneysider said...

Congratulations on the Ashes! All wreaths and spoils to the victor
...the vanquished shall now slink away quietly to nurse his wounds.
The recusant is probably legless

24 August 2009 at 07:15  
Anonymous TheGlovner said...

Have a nice holiday, can't wait to have one myself.

24 August 2009 at 14:12  
Anonymous Dan Hannan said...

I hope I don't get Swine Flu! But I think the heat has been taken off me now given the monumental controversy over the government's deals with Libya.

Who can blame them though? We are knee deep in debt, and what's a bit of prisoner release between oil dealing twtas? Let Labour and Scotland carry the can, and the Tories can reap the benefits. The Yanks will soon find a new cartoon situation to distract them before you can say "Yes We Can".

It's a wonderful world really.

24 August 2009 at 17:46  
Anonymous RobertTheDevil said...

Are you really "the" DH

"Let Labour and Scotland carry the can", and the Tories can reap the benefits.

Mmmm...not quite like that though is it?, I fear England (under the Raj's pseudonym Britain) will be tarred with the same brush.

English trading companys are likely to suffer also.

An English Parliament and the scrapping of the "Union"(sic) is now needed more than anything after the Scots prisoner release debacle.

Have a quiet word in, "call me Deve's" ear!.

24 August 2009 at 19:00  
Anonymous the recusant said...

Mr sydneysider

A fine ashes series, a fine opponent. It wasn’t always in the bag but the lads pulled it off. Best of luck in 18 months or so down under.

24 August 2009 at 22:00  
Blogger Archbishop Cranmer said...

His Grace thanks his communicants for playing nicely while he is reconstituting his ashes. And speaking of ashes, he is delighted to hear of our sporting success. But he is mortified by the global condemnation being heaped upon the United Kingdom with the release of the Lockerbie mass murderer. And while His Grace might understand the CNN references to the ´Scottish Prime Minister´, he is mystified by the BBC World Service references to the ´Scottish Government´. If he did not know better, he might suspect some agenda...

25 August 2009 at 00:43  
Blogger Archbishop Cranmer said...


Although the Ashes are returned, His Graces ashes are not returning for some time yet. He apologises for the continuing interruption to the provision of daily bread.

25 August 2009 at 00:48  
Anonymous non mouse said...

Welcome back to the scene of re-appearance, Your Grace. You are missed. I hope your R&R continues effectively and happily.

I was thinking about Lockerbie myself, and wondering about our own leader's possible presence in the general area. Perhaps he's left there, though; and perhaps someone on C-house had a better inkling of the prolonged hiatus in Londinium.

25 August 2009 at 05:37  
OpenID jamestheless said...

Your Grace's departure for sunnier climes coincides with my own return from a business trip. I trust that Your Grace's long-suffering remains have found a pleasant location in which they may temporarily repose?

As for the references to "Scottish Prime Minister" and "Scottish Government", many natives find the constitutional logic behind the devolutionary arrangements difficult to fathom. The confusion of our ex-colonial cousins is therefore quite excusable.

Now to catch up on a month worth of Cranmer's controversies.

(word verification: billoopy. Is this a contraction of "bilious" and "loopy"?)

25 August 2009 at 09:04  
Blogger Jim Bartlet said...

What's the weather doing in Blackpool then?

25 August 2009 at 19:25  
Blogger Jim Bartlet said...

Just keep your head down, Your Grace, you will get a third knocked off for good behaviour.

And buy a slower car!

And never go with the duty solicitor, it's a bit late for this now but hindsight is a wonderful thing.

25 August 2009 at 19:29  
Anonymous The Glitch said...

I was watching this documentary yesterday about Super Massive Black Holes...quite an impressive title that conjures up all kinds of dark ideas before the programme even gets started. The basic outline of the video was the description of how at the center of every galaxy there is a quasar. Scientists used to think that a quasar was a giant star, but recent scientific research has shown that in all likelihood a quasar is like a spike of energy running right through the center of each galaxy, even our own Milky Way.

The central hypothesis about the nature of a quasar is that it is a spike of super charged energy created by the distortion of space time by a Super Massive Black Hole. If you can imagine a bunch of kids on skateboards whizzing around a funnel all being sucked into the Hole, this is what is happening to the stars near the center of the Galaxy. This creates super charged energy, which eventually repulses the other stars, planets and matter in the galaxy, and the SMBH becomes dormant, so to speak.

Now, this is where relevance comes in. In the middle of the SMBH there is something called a 'quantum singularity'. This is what scientists have named it because all the chalk and blackboards cannot figure out exactly what the hell it might be; it defies all the normal rules of physics, chalk, blackboards and geniuses in wheelchairs.

However, there is more to Horatio's waffle than even science can shake a spear at. I, in my infinite capabilities for profound inexplicableness, have stumbled upon a 'quantum singularity' of ancient earthly wisdom and mysteriousness.

Who amongst us has heard of Owain Glyndwr? Well, he was a kind of ancient Ossama Bin Laden that lived in Wales quite some time ago. He also disappeared in a cave, never to be seen again; but not in Afghanistan, in Wales. Where is this going? Dam it's not as simple as that OK. I will be revealing this as time goes by, somewhere, I might set up a blog or something, there is no justification for unloading it all here.

Anyway, for now, what you have to think about is: Owain Glyndwr, the Oracles of ancient time, caves, weird prophesies....and me, the glitch - I think I explained what a Glitch was; it's someone who just simply does not belong, a singularity.

Anyway, the top and bottom of it for now is that I have discovered the very last hiding place of Owain Glyndwr. I have been in there only six times, but I am planning a new expedition. Each time, the outcome can only be described as weird and confounding - it takes months of deciphering.

So there we have it for now anyway, the hardest part is over and the rest will/should flow a bit easier.

I will let you know when I am ready.

25 August 2009 at 20:29  
Anonymous The Glitch said...

I've learnt something today, and it all started out with a simple craving for tea and biscuits. About half an hour ago I went into the kitchen in order to indulge in a snack. I ended up in the fridge, and after a quick scan, decided on a piece of melon. I noticed a new packet of biscuits had appeared in the cupboard, but opted for the healthy melon instead.

An hour later and I am craving the biscuits that I seen in the cupboard. They are my favourite type, chocolate chip cookies. I told myself that I am going to put the kettle on, make a cup of tea, and eat the entire packet all to my self just for the sake of pure pleasure. I even told myself that I don't care if there are people starving in the world, I am going to eat the whole packet with a nice cup of tea. Who cares if there are starving children, right now, somewhere, starving?

So that was the end of that idea. I had gone from craving these cookies to feeling not hungry in about 30 seconds. My problem was that I thought about it. Usually I just eat them all and give no thought to anything. Then it occurred to me about the nature of the mind, psychology and all of that, and how the mind can be sure about desire one second, and then transcend into the opposite idea a second or two later, and actually alter physical impulses. All the different kinds of thinking and the different ways and situations which can act upon the mind.

This led me onto the difficulties in the Bible and the seemingly obscure scriptures which can read quite offencive and hypocritical. But is this supposed to happen? Are these stories and ideas supposed to challenge, and take the mind from one line of thinking to the next, forcing a pathway of thought and leading to a variety of conclusions?

I am going to call this the biscuit and tea effect. Rather than be so dismissive and critical, I shall be exploring the transitions in thought that take place from now on.

25 August 2009 at 22:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

first sentence is a glitch; it should read - an hour and a half ago.

25 August 2009 at 22:02  
Anonymous RobertTheDevil said...

Hoy...Glitchy, burned any English owned Welsh cottages recently ?

26 August 2009 at 16:28  
Blogger The Glitch said...

It's quite unnecessary and obsolete behaviour these days Robert. We now are able to boast the presenation of Polish road signs in Wrexham. The Welsh Nationalists have become Nu Labour thinnly disguised.

But this is irrelevant modern day politics. What I have come to learn will make a sheep's arse turn inside out at the mere thought of an Englishman's castle.

26 August 2009 at 18:21  
Anonymous RobertTheDevil said...

Well there you go then...once a Welsh Nationalist always a Son of Glyndwr.

26 August 2009 at 18:38  
Blogger Granny Williams said...

(He's having a VERY long holiday ! I hope he is considering the future of the planet and not using too many air miles, and plans to plant several trees when he returns ...)

26 August 2009 at 21:36  
Anonymous MOTE said...

When it goes this quiet in the middle of a's not good.

Initiating phase two....enjoy!

26 August 2009 at 23:58  
Blogger Red Squirrel said...

Have a wonderful and relaxing holiday your Grace, and may you return to find a far less troubled world. That would be nice!

27 August 2009 at 13:03  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Your Grace,

By the time you return Mr Brown may well have resigned suggests Mr Parris in the The Times today.

27 August 2009 at 13:50  
Blogger Jim Bartlet said...

I would imagine that such a suggestion will yield all the intended results.

Contrversy sells. Speaking of which, I have just seen Dan the Man plugging his book on Youtube again, this time he is declaring Enoch Powell as his all time favourite politician, and of course, it's all in the book you know!

I need to write a book and go to America and say crap arse things about the UK!

27 August 2009 at 16:27  
Blogger The Glitch said...

"God created man in His image"

This is not a fact but a scripture. The only thing you can be certain about is that God is responsible for the begining of events. You are a creation of nature, and religion can exist nowhere outside of the mind. If you make for yourself a plate of fish and chips, this is only a link in a chain of reactions.

To fight nature is difficult, she is your mother, and your mind is her child, your soul is God's alone.

Accept nature for what she is, and what she has given, love your soul and God will find common ground in the physical psychology of your mind. There are tangible expectations for the NOW and for what comes next, the most you will achieve is to see the penny drop and feel the hint.

27 August 2009 at 19:42  
Blogger Red Squirrel said...

That is interesting Mr Glitch.
But surely "God created man in His image" means a great deal more than His image being that of a Human?
To me Gods image is manifest in Nature, in fact as an integral manifestation in all matter, as well as spirit.
As a small child I tried to imagine God in human form, but came up with the idea of a man in a bowler hat and suit walking around in Heaven with the Universe in his pocket, and as a direct consequence of this I became an avowed Atheist for many years!
Well that is my sleepy statement for this evening anyway.

27 August 2009 at 22:36  
Blogger Jim Bartlet said...

Congratulations Cranmer No9 - right of center blogs (Nazi). The votes have been cast and the results are out.

27 August 2009 at 22:49  
Blogger The Glitch said...

Red Squirrel

That is why it is a scripture and not a fact. Because the words "God created man in His image" are missleading to the natural mind. They mean 'a great deal more' than either you or I could ever hope to convey. Nothing in nature will ever concieve the true image of God.

The spirit in the alcohol I drank last night is manifest in this morning piss, but it does not do justice to what I was drinking last night. The conversation could only ever be simplistic examples.

Don't be upset by the idea that not all scripture is fact. It's a step closer to wisdom.

27 August 2009 at 23:06  
Blogger Lord Lavendon said...

Jim Bartlett , why is Cranmer a Nazi ?

29 August 2009 at 01:04  
Blogger Jim Bartlet said...

I don't know, but I have never been any good at tests to be honest.

29 August 2009 at 09:06  
Blogger Jim Bartlet said...

To be really honest I am regretting mentioning it. All this talk of left - right and center politics is perfectly dull and stupifyingly boring. The words Nazi and Fascist are bandied around so much these days that they have come to mean very different things to different people. I would say that they are now used as a reference to anyone who has the audacity to form an opinion of their own.

I am no longer partial to any current standing political party - none. If there could be a Christian Party that could put forward sensible and clearly progressive and morally upstanding ideals and a clear vision for the future, I would be happy to align myself with this. But I cannot see how it will ever be possible with so many breeds of nonsense about what it is to be Christian in the first place.

I have become very partial to moaning about things now, and look forward to a long and successful career in the Bitter and twisted party; don't ask me where this is on the left right and center scale because I have no clue, I will settle for fascist if it pleases you though.

29 August 2009 at 16:25  
Anonymous non mouse said...

I see the Speccie has a new editor. Interesting...

C/H had a good article on Blair and his Cupiditas, too...

30 August 2009 at 09:59  
Anonymous len said...

Cranmer you need to return!
We are descending into mediocrity in your absence!
I hope your ashes are returning refreshed and invigorated by their respite from the cut and thrust of blogging.

30 August 2009 at 11:23  
Blogger Jim Bartlet said...

You must return refreshed but you must return and energise the debate. We are close to living esti Deus non daretur.

As for the Speccie, am I tempted to see if this new editor has lifted it out of the simmering pan of reduced sauce that it has become?

31 August 2009 at 20:49  
Blogger Jim Bartlet said...

Comment moderation Ewwwww! I am becoming increasingly suspicious of all things Internet.

31 August 2009 at 20:52  

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