Monday, September 13, 2010


Blogging is a harsh, unforgiving medium; perhaps like all of them. One has few friends, and, when sorrows come in batallions, a daily circulation in excess of 23,000 can rapidly decline to a mere 5,000 as one's readership abandons loyalty because the unwritten contract has been broken.

His Grace would like to tell his readers and communicants what he has been through, but you would not believe him. It is an episode worthy of Burmese justice or North Korean notions of truth. It appears to have passed, and His Grace has prevailed. He thanks God for his deliverance, and those readers and communicants who have prayed and occasionally enquired. Bless you sincerely for your compassion and intercession.

His Grace's ashes are much diminished, and it will take time to reach optimum reconstitution. But he returns noting that, in his absence and notwithstanding a quarter of a year of silence, he won an award from Total Politics, whose readership still placed him at #11 in the hierarchy of Conservative blogs. It is quite a fall from #6, yet to be (just) out of the 'Top 10' comes as no surprise when His Grace was hastily delated (too hastily [after just a few weeks] in the case of Tim Montgomerie) from the most prestigious blogrolls. Of course, one ceases to be a 'regular read' when one is no longer regularly posting, but Tom Harris MP followed hard upon, and he defines his list by quality as much as Mr Montgomerie does by personal choice. When one loses one's biggest referrers, one is slowly and callously euthanised.

It is dog eat dog.

His Grace would like to thank inter alia Iain Dale, Dan Hannan , John Redwood , Douglas Carswell and Bishop Alan for their patience and forebearance. Perhaps they understand something more of adversity, depression and distraction.

So, to what should His Grace turn his attention?

So much is worthy of instant religio-political comment that he hardly knows which way to turn. He will ponder, as his is wont, and glean the collective wisdom of the few communicants who remain.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome back.

Just in time to talk about the Pope and Peter Tatchell (in no particular order).


13 September 2010 at 08:47  
Blogger Raedwald said...

Good to see you back Your Grace; some amongst us never faltered in faith, and kept the blogroll open, waiting for this day.

13 September 2010 at 08:54  
Blogger Sam Norton said...

Alleluia, if that's not too much. You're right though - there is a very great deal worth commenting on at the moment. Have fun :)

13 September 2010 at 08:57  
Anonymous Dick the Prick said...

Your Grace

Good to have you back, man. Much love to you & yours. Not sure if you've missed much; just the inexorable tedium of people having half arsed opinions of stuff that really doesn't involve them.

Take it easy


13 September 2010 at 09:05  
Anonymous Martin Sewell said...


Mornings will now be complete.

13 September 2010 at 09:12  
Blogger Young Mr. Brown said...

Welcome back, your Grace!

Life is tough, and so is blogging. Like you, I've struggled this summer - though I am grateful that my struggles have been with apathy rather than adversity.

May the Lord be with you.

13 September 2010 at 09:14  
Anonymous Asian Colonial Subject said...

Welcome back Your Grace!

We are all eager to be fed by your nourishing erudite posts and commetaries. I hope what ever you had to face was not too draining on you.

13 September 2010 at 09:32  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Grace, today is also my birthday, my day is complete. We are blessed. Colin

13 September 2010 at 09:33  
Blogger Alcuin said...

Welcome back. As an agnostic Christian, theological issues matter less to me than cultural ones, in which Christianity still plays a far more vital part than most people realize. Like another here, I should like to hear your views on the Pope, in whom the BBC seems to show only the most facile interest, especially in failing to note that the Pope has much to say on the spiritual and cultural state of Europe, which is weak and unhealthy. But then the BBC would hardly acknowledge that, would it?

God bless.

13 September 2010 at 09:36  
Blogger I am Stan said...

Yooo your Gracieness,

Welcome back..;)

13 September 2010 at 09:36  
Blogger dmk said...

Welcome back!

"a mere 5,000"? we're humbled that you still consent to walk among mere mortal bloggers that count 50 hits a day as normal.

Glad your trials are over, though I'm still not quite sure how to pray for someone who's been dead for centuries and then recently reconstituted in cyberspace.

13 September 2010 at 09:37  
Blogger Witterings From Witney said...

Welcome back

13 September 2010 at 09:55  
Anonymous Simon said...

Splendid to see you back your Grace. I had thought of plenty of things we would have expected to have precipitated your return, but they are all passed now.

How about the reform vote in Turkey which the US and the EU are both welcoming?

13 September 2010 at 09:55  
Blogger OldSlaughter said...

Few. Was worried.

13 September 2010 at 10:09  
Anonymous len said...

Welcome back Your Grace.

"Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms."
(Ephesians 6:11-12)

13 September 2010 at 10:09  
Anonymous Oxbridge Prat said...

Harmonic Oscillator has been silent since February 12th, but I still keep an eye on it. How could you imagine we would abandon you after a mere three months?

13 September 2010 at 10:24  
Blogger Tim Johnson said...

Welcome back! I missed you.

13 September 2010 at 10:25  
Blogger Howard said...

Glad to have you back. I was beginning to think there was a problem at my end.

13 September 2010 at 10:50  
Blogger Dick the Prick said...

@Howard - perhaps a Doctor, not a priest! I'll get my coat.

13 September 2010 at 11:08  
Anonymous Ir'Rational said...

Welcome back, Your Grace.

13 September 2010 at 11:12  
Anonymous The Vicar's Wife said...

Good to see you back, Your Grace. I feel I ought to bake a celebratory cake. Do you have a preference?

13 September 2010 at 11:14  
Blogger Beware of Geeks bearing GIFs said...

"Hello! Hello! Good to be back, good to be back
Hello! Hello! Good to be back, good to be back
Hello! Hello! Good to be back, good to be back
Hello! Hello! Good to be back, good to be back"

Welcome back, Your Grace!

13 September 2010 at 11:15  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Your Grace

At long last! The rain has returned to this dry and thirsty land!

‘Bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it!’

Much has happened whilst you have been away, Your Grace.

Cameron is proposing a ‘referendum-lock’ on the Lisbon Treaty: locking us in.

The Turks have voted on reforming their constitution in preparation for membership of the EU – they are at the gates of Greece!

The Foreign Secretary, Mr Hague, has been told to get stuffed by our First Cousins the Israelis – they are shutting the country down this Friday (Yom Kippur).

The Pope is visiting – and I have forgiven the Catholics for the siege of La Rochelle (1627-1628).

13 September 2010 at 11:29  
Anonymous i albion said...


13 September 2010 at 11:46  
Anonymous opsimath said...

Good to have you back, Mr Cranmer - I've missed your blog enormously.

I do hope your trials and torments are now done - at least this side of that 'tremendous day'.

Welcome home.

13 September 2010 at 11:57  
Blogger Jonathan Hunt said...

This has just become a very good day. Welcome back!

13 September 2010 at 11:58  
Blogger Anabaptist said...

'O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!'
I chortled in my joy.

13 September 2010 at 12:00  
Blogger Unsworth said...

Your Grace,

It's a relief that you have returned. I and many others have missed your presence.

As to the material for discussion, there's a whole raft of it. Perhaps you could address the morality of Trades Unions and, incidentally, their leadership. What rights do they have to take or threaten industrial action? Are they a higher moral authority? Is it right to impose their members' well-being on the rest of us? Should these unions be held accountable for the damage they inflict upon others in the course of industrial action? And so on. It seems to me that there is considerable imbalance between what is legal and what is moral, here.

13 September 2010 at 12:01  
Anonymous Morus said...

Good to know you are safe and well, Your Grace. And welcome back. Your insight on all things religio-political has been missed.

13 September 2010 at 12:06  
Anonymous Bob Frost said...

Glad to have you back in the blogosphere.

13 September 2010 at 12:10  
Blogger John M Ward said...

This is a welcome return. I realised there was something going on, and did not trouble you or add to the mass of (largely) noise in the comments area during the intervening period.

I have wondered how some 'blogs have thousands of visitors, and suspected it must be through referrals from high-traffic sites. Some of us receive mere dozens of (non-robot) visitors and have few commenters.

The temptation when confronted with the thousands-to-one ratio of one's own traffic and that of some other sites is to give up, so vast is the difference. It is disheartening, and my quality (such as it was) has diminished a little during recent months.

But then I think of the story of the boy and he starfish and I decide to carry on. Therefore, Your Grace, do not lose heart with your own reduction in traffic. If I can keep going, there really is no reason for anyone else to feel low.

As for material: there is plenty around, from Qur'an-burning to the prospects of a faithless new Labour leader.

13 September 2010 at 12:13  
Blogger Willie said...

Your return is a matter for rejoicing. Your commentary has been much missed.

13 September 2010 at 12:24  
Anonymous Flossie said...

A great day indeed!! Peter Tatchell has been well and truly outed at last, and His Grace has returned! Drinkies all round, oh yes, yes!!

13 September 2010 at 12:34  
Anonymous Mike Goggin said...

Splendid! Our thrice weekly click on our second most visited blog has finally been rewarded. Trust the BBC will attract Your Grace's eye in due course.

13 September 2010 at 12:45  
Anonymous Flossie said...

For the benefit of people who might not know about The Outing of Peter Tatchell, read 'Question: Who said: 'Not all sex involving children is unwanted and abusive'? Answer: The Pope's biggest British critic'

13 September 2010 at 12:48  
Blogger PaulineG said...

Delighted to see you back and on the road to recovery. Give yourself time. Your readers can wait and will return soon enough when you are ready.

And thank goodness one is no longer faced with that revolting picture when dropping in to check.

I shall be at Cofton Park on Sunday - will say one for you.

PS Why is my word verification 'denial'?!!

13 September 2010 at 12:49  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A nice surprise!


13 September 2010 at 12:50  
Anonymous anextoryvoter said...

I care not what His Grace decides shall be his first subject for comment, whatever he should choose I will read with interest. I shall this evening gives thanks to The Almighty that what I feared was a permanent cessation to His Grace's peerless and incisive commentary was actually an interlude.

13 September 2010 at 13:18  
Blogger Tuscan Tony said...

Welcome back to the ethereal world of blogginage.

13 September 2010 at 13:43  
Blogger OldSouth said...

Welcome back! Anything His Grace chooses to write about is just fine with OldSouth.

13 September 2010 at 13:43  
Anonymous Stewart Cowan said...

Welcome back Your Grace. Have missed you.

13 September 2010 at 13:51  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want the story of Burmese justice. I'll believe you.

(and welcome welcome back)

13 September 2010 at 14:19  
Blogger Tom Harris said...

I trust His Grace will be able to show the spirit of Christian forgiveness towards this Doubting Thomas. I had to reconstruct my blogroll and when the cock crowed a third time, I found myself in denial. I have now repented and His Grace is restored.

Glad to see you back, by the way.

13 September 2010 at 14:29  
Blogger belfast cabby said...

Your Grace your presence has been missed

13 September 2010 at 14:50  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad that you're back - you've been missed.

13 September 2010 at 15:03  
Anonymous jehane said...

His Grace has come back to us at last, and anything he writes will be read with delight.

13 September 2010 at 15:05  
Blogger starcourse said...

Welcome back your Grace. We look forward with immense interests to your comments.

13 September 2010 at 15:14  
Anonymous IanCad said...

A light has been rekindled in a dark land.
So good to have you back YG.

13 September 2010 at 16:40  
Anonymous evergreen said...

Welcome back! I've been checking in faithfully, awaiting your return, and finally the day has come! I look forward to reading whatever you are inspired to write.

13 September 2010 at 17:34  
Anonymous Old Grumpy said...

Welcome back Your Grace. Of course, I haven't been able to check-in each day to see whether your ashes had prevailed, and hence visitor numbers will decline in this manner, along, no doubt with many other communicants.

It was by chance I checked in today.

But I'm delighted to learn that the ashes are back on fire, so to speak, and I look forward to some more insights into the body politic over the fullness of time

Bless you

PS Some Pope bashing, perhaps (oh, what a, unfair of me. I'm sure that he's a very nice guy when you get to know him)

13 September 2010 at 17:34  
Anonymous Sam Vega said...

Welcome back. I hope all is now well.

"His Grace would like to tell his readers and communicants what he has been through, but you would not believe him. It is an episode worthy of Burmese justice or North Korean notions of truth".

Try us! A problem shared, etc...

13 September 2010 at 20:05  
Anonymous francis said...

I had more or less given up hope - and had, I confess, removed YG from my bookmarks bar - but still felt impelled to try again on a regular basis. Today, that patience was rewarded. Like so many, I look forward to reading whatever religiopolitica may flow from YG's keyboard.

13 September 2010 at 20:10  
Blogger Adrian said...

Welcome back!

13 September 2010 at 20:42  
Blogger awkwardgadgee said...

Genuinely happy, (and relieved!) to see you emerge from depths.

13 September 2010 at 20:56  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hurrah! Good to have you back, Your Grace. Edward Sutherland.

13 September 2010 at 23:11  
Blogger Maureen said...

I am so glad you are back!

14 September 2010 at 00:51  
Blogger JimSmiling333 said...

You have been much missed.

Welcome back.

Koran burning is my current cause celebre.

14 September 2010 at 02:13  
Anonymous non mouse said...

Phantasmagorical!!!! Welcome Back Your Grace. Whatever you have to say will be wonderful - we wouldn't have kept checking and hoping otherwise, would we?

You're irreplaceable: there hasn't been much out there during your absence. Though I do believe Dr. N. produces another kind of wonderful stuff.

If YG's seriously canvassing for suggestions: I'm inclined to agree with Jim Smiling333: that the land Suwanee and Swamp, Kennedy and Canaverel, Gators and Seminoles - oh, and St. Augustine and New Smyrna - finally merits a moment of attention for something other than Mickey Mouse!
Then of course there's the carry-on of 'global banking.'

Whatever else though: Rejoice Communicants! I say, Rejoice!

wv: chearre [!!!!!!]

14 September 2010 at 03:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank God you're back. And thank God that whatever was troubling you has resolved itself and that you are feeling better.

14 September 2010 at 03:50  

Great to have you back!

14 September 2010 at 03:59  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome back - and well over the Fast.

14 September 2010 at 06:00  
Anonymous Voyager said...

Welcome back Your Grace ! You have I take it, been reading John Bunyan, on overcoming Adversity.

It is good to have you back !!!!

14 September 2010 at 07:53  
Anonymous Stuart said...

....a mere 5,000

Ah, such numbers as most of us can only dream.

Welcome back and am relieved you have overcome your adversity, depression and distraction.....

14 September 2010 at 08:49  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Knock, knock.
Polite cough,
Your Grace, tis 9 of the morning. Your communicants are waiting.
Scuttles away.


14 September 2010 at 09:06  
Blogger Rebel Saint said...

See how many of us have been watching & waiting for your return YG. As D Singh has already commented, time for killing that fatted calf, to get out the robe & the ring and celebrate.

Whatever trials and tribulations you have been enduring, I rejoice that you have indeed "come forth as gold" (job 23v1)

Maybe observing a blog Sabbath each week would help YG. Even the Almighty felt it good to take a rest from His creating.

Welcome home.

14 September 2010 at 09:29  
OpenID Scottspeig said...

Yes! Welcome back to the land of the living!
My reading was lacking some astute wisdom. Now I shall receive. :)

14 September 2010 at 10:15  
Blogger William said...

Welcome back Your Grace. Your return to the blogosphere is a blessed relief. I am so glad you have prevailed!

14 September 2010 at 10:32  
Blogger Dave said...

Can't help but comment but the song lyrics quoted by one of the other posters are from a song by Gary Glitter.......
Hello, hello, it's good to be back....

14 September 2010 at 11:17  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am glad your absence has ended. And I hope your torments have, too

14 September 2010 at 11:33  
Blogger Jared Gaites said...


I have only just noticed you are back. I kept popping in once or twice a wekk to see because I knew your return was a sure thing.

Welcome back!

14 September 2010 at 15:47  
Blogger seaon said...

I can understand that some people are concerned by certain of Peter
Tatchell's writings on under-age sex. But I don't think you have given
a fair and accurate picture of what Tatchell is saying and why he is
saying it. The quotes you cite from Tatchell are too selective and
partial. You quote too many of his words out of context.

Tatchell offers a different explanation, which I am posting below. I
hope you might engage with what he is actually saying.

Peter Tatchell writes:

The idea that I advocate paedophilia is laughable, sick, untrue and defamatory.

Unlike many Catholic clergy, I have never abused anyone. Unlike the
Pope, I have never failed to report abusers or covered up their
crimes. I do not support sex with children. Full stop.

Dares to Speak was an academic book published in 1997, authored by
professors, anthropologists, psychologists, a Dutch senator and a
former editor of a Catholic newspaper. It questioned ages of consent
and whether all sex between children and adults is necessarily

I do not condone adults having sex with children. My Guardian letter
about this book was in defence of free speech and open debate about
the issue, in opposition to those who said that the book and the
debate it generated should not happen and should be closed down. I was
against calls for censorship. Even if Dares to Speak is entirely
wrong, in a free society its authors have a right to be published and

My Guardian letter cited examples of Papuan tribes and some of my
friends who had sex with adults while they were still children, but
who do not feel they were harmed. I was not endorsing their viewpoint
but merely stating that they had a different perspective from the
mainstream one about inter-generational sex. They have every right for
their perspective to be heard. If they say they were not harmed, we
should respect that (while also recognising that many people are
harmed by early sexual experiences).

My Guardian letter did say very clearly that paedophilia is
"impossible" to condone - meaning that I don't condone it.

Here's an example of what he wrote in the Irish Independent last year:

Irish Independent – 10 March 2008

You can see that he made protecting young people against sex abuse his
first priority.

he has said similar things in many other articles and interviews.

See this Guardian article, published in September last year:

It is true that I support reducing the legal consent age to 14. But I
support 14 in order to end the criminalisation of the many young
people who have sexual contact with each other from this age onwards.
More than half of all British teenagers have their first sexual
experience (not necessarily full intercourse) at around the age of 14.
I do not advocate them having sex at this early age. It is best if
they wait. But I don’t think that consenting 14 years olds should be
dragged to court and threatened with prison. I certainly do not
endorse adults having sex with young people aged 14.

14 September 2010 at 16:18  
Blogger seaon said...

I can understand that some people are concerned by certain of Peter
Tatchell's writings on under-age sex. But I don't think you have given
a fair and accurate picture of what Tatchell is saying and why he is
saying it. The quotes you cite from Tatchell are too selective and
partial. You quote too many of his words out of context.

14 September 2010 at 16:20  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fatted calf is slain and ring is placed on your finger. The prodigal is returned from the far country.
Welcome back.
England hath need of thee in this hour.

14 September 2010 at 17:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank goodness your back.


14 September 2010 at 23:09  
Anonymous PaganPride said...

Oh Joy!! His Grace is back!! A return to thoughtful, considered blogging .... I am absolutely sure you are my very favourite Christian. :)

15 September 2010 at 06:37  
Blogger Gnostic said...

Your Grace, diminished or not, it is great to see you back amongst your communicants. We've missed you.

Welcome back.


15 September 2010 at 07:33  
Anonymous Catherine in Athens said...

Restored to life! So pleased.

15 September 2010 at 17:13  
Anonymous Miserable Sinner said...

I missed you, too. Because you never took the website down, I never gave up hope that you would be able to return at some point. I'm glad to hear that your worldly troubles have abated to the extent that you are back amongst the living, so to speak.

15 September 2010 at 21:26  
Blogger Preacher said...

Welcome back Your Grace.
It's been a bit boring without you & I'm sorry to hear of your troubles, but trust they are all in the past. It's good to have your presence & wit to shine the light on those that hide in darkness once more.
Let the trumpet sound, we buckle on the armour of God once more & follow you into the fray.

15 September 2010 at 21:37  
Blogger Chromatistes said...

Your Grace's return is most welcome. Along with your other communicants I look forward to a rich outpouring of bile, intermixed with wisdom and wit.

15 September 2010 at 23:21  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So glad that you are back with us Your Grace.

16 September 2010 at 12:39  
Blogger Wrinkled Weasel said...

Good to see that the temporal remnant of His Grace is re-vivified and able to work the keyboard.

Now, brush the pubes off it and carry on.

16 September 2010 at 14:02  
Anonymous Graham said...

Weclome back, your insight has been missed.

17 September 2010 at 17:14  
Anonymous John Punshon said...

Delighted to see you back. You have been in the thoughts and prayers of many communicants. Blessings.

17 September 2010 at 18:30  
Blogger FAIRFACTS MEDIA said...

Great to see you back, Your Grace.
You have a reasonable following Down Under too.

18 September 2010 at 18:20  
Anonymous Caratacus said...

Your Grace,

I confess that I had allowed my check of your site to be reduced to a weekend activity.

O me miserum.

Delighted that you have decided to extend your hand in benificence to your humble followers.

"Was mich nicht umbringt, macht mich stärker" - Hope all is well.

18 September 2010 at 19:33  
Anonymous Simon Too said...

Welcome back Your Grace, from your time of trial and sorrow and from which I trust you are safely delivered.

Laudate eum in cymbalis tenesonantibus!

20 September 2010 at 13:58  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

welcome back

20 September 2010 at 20:34  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Grace,

May I too heartily welcome you back. You have been much missed.


20 September 2010 at 22:42  

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