Monday, November 22, 2010

Daily Mail plagiarises His Grace

It really is incredible: bare-faced, unashamed and quite incredible.

Some sections of The Daily Mail's further article on Bishop Pete Broadhurst have been lifted verbatim from that by His Grace, without a word of accreditation.

Blogs, of course, feed off each other habitually, and the honourable ones credit their sources. But they tend not to be profit-making mass-media organisations employing a plethora of journalists whose job it is to write original copy.

Today, Melanie Phillips writes:

Does he perhaps have a professional sideline reading the tea-leaves at church fetes?
Yesterday His Grace wrote:

He really ought to read what the Bible has to say about soothsaying.
Today Melanie Phillips writes:

Yet look at the feeble way Lambeth Palace has responded to this diatribe, declaring that the bishop was ‘entitled to his views’.

Well actually, no he is not. As a bishop of the Church of England, anything he says has the imprimatur of the Church.
Yesterday His Grace wrote:

Bizarrely, rather than censure the Bishop, Lambeth Palace said: ‘(He) is entitled to his views.’

His Grace begs to differ.

The views he is entitled to express are the views of the Church of England. He is a leader within the Established Church of which the Queen is 'by God's Ordinance’ Defender of the Faith and Supreme Governor.
Today Melanie Phillips writes:

He was also effectively denying the ­constitutional position of the Church of England — and indeed, similarly ­repudiating his own undertakings as a bishop of that Church.

For the monarchy and the Church of England are umbilically linked. The Queen is Supreme Governor of the Church — as will be Prince William when he inherits the Crown — and the monarch is pledged to defend the faith which that Church represents.

Moreover, when he was ordained into the Church of England, Bishop Broadbent will have sworn ‘true allegiance to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, her heirs and successors, according to law, so help me God’.
Yesterday His Grace wrote:

The views he is entitled to express are the views of the Church of England. He is a leader within the Established Church of which the Queen is 'by God's Ordinance’ Defender of the Faith and Supreme Governor.

And, God willing, Prince William will inherit those titles and responsibilities when he becomes King...

All who are ordained into the Church of England swear an oath of allegiance. Bishop Pete has said:

“I, Peter Broadbent, do swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, her heirs and successors, according to law, so help me God.”
Today Melanie Phillips asks:

So did he falsely swear an oath in which he didn’t believe at the time? Or does he no longer believe it, making him a ­hypocrite who should depart the Church whose vow of loyalty he now rejects?

And when he ordains priests in turn, how can he require them to swear ­allegiance to an institution he regards as ‘corrupt and sexist’?
Yesterday His Grace asked:

Has the Bishop become a hypocrite? A liar? Even a philanderer?..

Do these vows have so little meaning that they are as easily disregarded as the marriage vows of Prince Charles and Diana, whom the Bishop so evidently disrespects and despises?

Does Bishop Pete uphold the traditional doctrine and teaching of the Church he purports to serve, or not?

When he ordains deacons and priests, does he cross his fingers behind his back as he asks ordinands to swear allegiance to the Queen and her heirs and successors?
Perhaps His Grace should be flattered that such a highly-paid award-winning journalist has chosen to plagiarise not only his line of thinking but his very words. Perhaps The Daily Mail should employ him directly.


Anonymous wonderfulforhisage said...

Methinks the sainted one doth protest too much.

By the way where has your Lt Col West post disappeared to? I got the RSS feed and it is linked to by Google.

22 November 2010 at 10:24  
Anonymous LDS said...

You don't want to work for the Daily Mail Your Grace! You are not alone Guido has been subject to the same kind of thing. It does seem to be the paid chatterati of MSM who are prone to this. Perhaps the independent bloggers might get together and give an annual award for the most egregious example of Ex Post Facto Parallel Thinking.

22 November 2010 at 10:24  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Your Grace

If you care to examine her articles, themes and their date of publication you will be pleasantly surprised how many follow your thoughts.

It is now beyond dispute that millions, newspaper editors and distinguished journalists such as Ruth Gledhill and Melanie Phillips follow the thoughts of an archbishop in cyberspace rather than the incomprehensible thoughts of an archbishop in Lambeth.

Will the real Archbishop now stand up?


22 November 2010 at 10:26  
Blogger Archbishop Cranmer said...

Mr Wonderfulforhisage,

His Grace will protest as much as he believes to be proportionate.

The Lt Col West article was removed because the YouTube link would not function for some reason. It will re-appear when the problem is rectified.

22 November 2010 at 10:27  
Anonymous LDS said...

...and a comfort. Immitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

22 November 2010 at 10:39  
Blogger Gawain Towler said...

Your Grace,
It does appear that Ms Phillips has been at least channelling your thoughts.

But but, when I read the witterings of Bishop Pete I was going to write much the same. Including a comment on reading the runes, the oath and so on.
I was taken away (indeed to celebrate St Ceceilia's and have a rather splendid litle procession with the host), and one returning to the hearth noted that you had already written your piece. It was stir up Sunday and I had a cake to bake. There was no need for me to write something, which had already been written by one better qualified than I.
What you had written was plain good sense. As is what Ms Phillips has written. She however is paid to churn out what she does, and may well have landed upon the story with a similar point of view.

It is possible she lifted your story unattributed. Or maybe she demonstrated a common wisdom.

22 November 2010 at 10:41  
Blogger Archbishop Cranmer said...

Mr D. Singh,

There is a crucial difference. Whenever Mrs Gledhill quotes His Grace, she invariably acknowledges the source.

Mr Gawain Towler,

Ms Phillips has 'channelled' too many thoughts for the necromancy to be feigned.

22 November 2010 at 10:46  
Anonymous non mouse said...

Can't stand Phillips anyway. Nevertheless and plagiarism notwithstanding, Your Grace - neither she nor the DM are up to your standards.

22 November 2010 at 11:35  
Blogger Gnostic said...

Nicking stuff from blogs seems to be de riguer for the Mail. First Guido, then His Grace. Shame Obo isn't still in the mix. I'd love to see some witless hack steal his contributions...

22 November 2010 at 12:10  
Blogger Anabaptist said...

...great minds...

22 November 2010 at 12:20  
Anonymous Linus said...

Perhaps, Cranmer, you are, in fact, Melanie Phillips!!

22 November 2010 at 12:25  
Anonymous JayBee said...

Your Grace,

Be of good cheer, for whether your message is being spread from false motives or true it is reaching more people. Some may plagiarise your work out of envy and rivalry, others – who acknowledge their source - out of goodwill. The former steal your pearls of wisdom out of selfish ambition supposing they can take advantage of you while you are in chains of anonymity. But what does it matter, the important thing is that regardless of motive your perspicacious and erudite pronouncements on matters religio-political are being preached - even beyond the limits of the blogosphere - and for that reason alone I trust we all rejoice.

You will doubtless recognize that the foregoing has been shamelessly plagiarised from St Paul's letter to the Philippians (Ch1 v 15-18)

22 November 2010 at 12:30  
Blogger Edward Spalton said...

I think His Grace will be well aware that Church of England bishops who style themselves with a diminutive, like "Pete", "Bill", "Tim" and such are almost invariably left wing authoritarians trying to give themselves a gloss of false informality and folksiness.

22 November 2010 at 13:27  
Blogger Demetrius said...

Oh dear, it has come to this. The Daily Mail, whatever will your family think? My sincere sympathy but think of it as one of life's unlucky chances.

22 November 2010 at 14:54  
Blogger Span Ows said...

Are you Guido in disguise? With millions and millions using the net we see more and more that many people do indeed think, opine and write very similiar things...

word verification: hyper


22 November 2010 at 15:33  
Blogger OldSlaughter said...

Take it as flattery.

22 November 2010 at 18:04  
Anonymous Oswin said...

Agrees with JayBee @ 12.30 ... but Your Grace might try forwarding his account, to Melanie Phillips, via the Daily Mail's front desk, eh?

22 November 2010 at 18:04  
Blogger Marie1797 said...

She should at least make a large donation out of her generous earnnings.

22 November 2010 at 18:52  
Blogger AncientBriton said...

I can't believe I used to admire the woman. Her Question Time attack on Will Self some years ago opened my eyes.

22 November 2010 at 19:12  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

22 November 2010 at 23:25  
Blogger Wrinkled Weasel said...

Damian Thompson agrees with you. Strangely, no reference to His Grace, though.

23 November 2010 at 00:13  
Blogger Phil Taylor said...

Your Grace might want to fix the typo in the second paragraph, though reading the DM less might be of more benefit in future.

23 November 2010 at 02:38  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the question of allegiance raises a dilemma for for those going through the process toward a vocation in the church of england that we can question, seek and discern a mystical God but no matter what unswervingly be loyal to a Royal family.
This does concern me somewhat, should it?
and surely a vocation to priesthood cannot be dictated on ones thoughts of a Royal family can it?

23 November 2010 at 08:04  
Blogger Unsworth said...

Your Grace

Bone idle journalism by this woman. You can bet that if you got sued for some comment which she had lifted she'd be running a mile, protesting that she was merely reporting what you had said etc etc.

23 November 2010 at 12:06  
Anonymous tory boys never grew up said...

I think you will find that the Daily Mail cornered the market in right wing nationalist claptrap many years ago so they can rightly claim to be the source of much of Cranmer's thinking.

23 November 2010 at 13:28  
Anonymous Oswin said...

tory boys et al ... keep up the good work! One day you might hit upon some comment pertinent to the debate! (is reminded of 'monkeys' and 'typewriters' ...)

23 November 2010 at 20:12  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"That we knowing whose authority she hath may duly obey her in Thee and for Thee......"

25 November 2010 at 03:50  

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