Press: WELL done, Jonathan Petre, who got
the first clergy gay marriage in the Mail on Sunday,
and managed to have it plunge the Church into a fresh crisis in his
very first sentence.
Press: ARCHBISHOP WELBY's remarks on LBC on
African massacres and gay marriage caused limited excitement. I
think they were instructive none the less.
Press: I AM writing this on the morning of
1 April; so it took some time to work out that The
Times was serious about its story asking whether the Holy
Grail had turned up in a provincial museum in Northern
Press: THIS is a week that could do with the
appearance of Jesus. I mean one of those pareidolic stories in
which a barmaid detects the face of Jesus in the swirling grain of
a bar counter, or Mother Teresa in a cinnamon bun. Almost all the
real news is horrible to moderately depressing.
Press: POPE FRANCIS, as he would no doubt
have wished, killed all discussion of the 20th anniversary of the
first ordinations of women in Britain. In fact, there was
practically nothing in the papers except for a few lazy rounds of
shellfire over church schools.
Press: I SUPPOSE we could have saved ourselves
quite a lot of time by publishing all the "Pope Francis: one year
on" pieces the moment he was elected. The weekend papers were full
of anticipation of his anniversary, though it didn't fall until
Press: THERE have been further developments in
the case of Archbishop John Myers, whom the New York Times
described last week as the "one-stop shop" for people who dislike
the Roman Catholic hierarchy.
Press: BEFORE we dive into the serious stuff, a
marvellous quote from Jeremy Paxman, who was reviewing a book on
journalism in The Guardian: "News is just some things that have
happened, as chosen by some not-very-interesting people running
newspapers and television.
Andrew Brown suggests that the next time
Archbishop Welby visits Sudan, if he wants his visit to make news,
"he should make sure to take a selfie with corpses, and tell us
which model of phone he used to do it"
Press: In the run-up to this week's
General Synod, the only person in the press to find an angle on its
proceedings was Ruth Gledhill at The Times, whose
angle was either extremely acute or extremely obtuse.
Press: THE SUN shone on English Christianity
last week, and what it showed was not quite the way the Church sees