My dear son, Bramble,
I am more than a little concerned for your “dad” who you are with now, Mr. ABC. He’s been getting some very bad press: The Church’s grey men are out of touch. And it seems that the Big C catholic bi-ped is getting lots of really good press… Like here, and here, and here and here. Now I know he’s out of touch on a lot of other things, but there’s much that your bi-ped dad could learn from the Pope.
And I can’t really say that the media has missed the mark on this. In the article I mentioned, it says
The Church is run by a bunch of grey men in fancy costumes: look at any picture of the Synod and weep. They fail to represent modern Britain in any meaningful way. Welby says he wants Christians to focus less on what they are against, but sometimes in life I find that really useful. I am profoundly against inequality in any shape or form – so I find a Christian leader’s refusal to accept gay marriage repugnant.
The Church must adapt to a changing society. This is not a sign of weakness, but of strength, otherwise it is shrinking its horizons, focusing on a literal interpretation of the Bible and refusing access to men and women because of their sexual orientation. Jesus would have been appalled.
This makes me very sad, son. And profoundly so, +I might add. When +I was the Bishop of Pittsburgh, I found that, as the article says, ‘What the Church of England needs is a clear direction, not a load of woolly waffle about “repentance”.’ Wooly waffles are no good, son. I’ve never fancied a big plate of wooly waffles, and I can’t imagine anyone else has either! But clear direction? Everyone has need of clear direction. I am now wondering if Mr. ABC was the right bi-ped for the job. Or even whether a bi-ped was the right species for the job! I should have pressed the queen harder to think about a canine or feline Archbishop!
But the good news, my son, is that there’s still time to get him turned around! There’s still time to get him to start working more with his heart and less with his brain! There’s still time, but not much. He’s got to start doing a better job of living the Gospel instead of explaining it! Bramble, if it’s possible, can you tell him that I need to talk with him as soon as possible? His train is leaving the station, and Mr. ABC is not on it!