|It's Christ's house, not Christies!|
How dare the Church of England in all its crass ignorance, use such a beautiful and holy place for such mean and mercenary aims.
The crowds milled aimlessly around, ignoring the fact that they were milling in the longest nave in Britain or is that Europe? Anyway, it's very long and should not be used for such mundane purposes.
It reminded me of an incident in Westminster Cathedral when the late Cardinal Hume had put into motion the brilliant idea (groan) of holding a flower festival in the central nave, a very Anglican thing to do for a start.
A late friend and stout Catholic, Stella Hook happened to visit when all was fuss and chrysanthemums and she stood, appalled at the carpet of flower petals strewn along the nave. Just then she realised that the man next to her was no other than the late Cardinal (then still very much alive), turned to him and said:
"You've turned the House of God into a florist's shop!"
She never recorded the Cardinal's reply.
|Arundel Cathedral - another "florist's shop"|