Monday, 18 March 2013

Christianity at the Crossroads

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                              A cross - at the crossroads - geddit?

This is the title of a programme due to be aired tomorrow, Tuesday 19th March, on BBC Radio 4 at 9am.

It is being booted around by the Beeb that it is a debate on the two major Christian Faiths, the Catholic and Anglican Churches.

How's that? Take me slowly through this once more please Auntie.

It appears as if they are running a debate based on the fact that we have a new Pope and a new ABC.

But what about the Orthodox Church?

Blimey O'Reilly, partnering the Catholic Church with the Anglican is rather like harnessing a Great White to a budgerigar.

Who on earth would describe the Anglican Church as one of the two major Christian denominations....what's that?

John Humphrys? Ah, that explains it then.

I am guessing that this 'debate' will involve the usual Catholic 'experts'.

BTW, 'experts' in BBC terminology normally means ex priests, homosexuals, M & S nuns, Tablet stringers and any other Catholic nutjob* they can find.

It is not just ignorance on the Beeb's part. I am certain it is a deliberate move to attempt to rock the foundations of HMC.

We have many, many, good priests to select for such debates. Father Marcus Holden,  Fr Tim Finigan, Fr Ray Blake, Fr Simon Henry, Fr Aidan Nichols OP, to name just a few.

But then they would give sound Catholic responses and that's not what they want, is it?

I shall probably listen in at quite some distance from the radio. We have suffered too much from portable listening devices being picked up and hurled through the nearest window.

 Mrs L has the straightjacket all ready for me.


  1. I think the BBC honchos have been watching too much soap TV. JH doesn't actually know much about anything. He simply sounds as though he does. Get a real expert in and listen to the corrections to his pre-formed ideas. It's embarrassing.

  2. you've seen a transcript in advance, then?
    Judge not....


  3. While it is possible that the BBC might surprise us, it is a reasonable predition from inductive reasoning that it will be the same old same old.

  4. Didn't someone last week say that Richard III should in his final burial be so according to the Roman Catholic Rite ? And didn't the same person say that if Richard hadn't died it is very possible that there would be no Anglican church, on the BBC no less ? I know everyone has been very busy but when things settle some don't forget King Richard.

  5. BBC Religious programming was based on Oxford Road, Manchester. Also on Oxford Road is iconic The Holy Name Church, where, then, 100 per cent orthodox Catholicism was practised by clergy of an Oratory orientation. Those clergy were never consulted as to matters pertaining to Catholicism. The Jesuits have now reclaimed The Holy Name [at one time they intended to sell the same as a conference centre] so their views may now be in line with BBC prejudices.


  6. Anonymous @7.07pm - sadly I missed the programme but second guessing the BBC on Catholic affairs is not rocket science. Genty - agreed. Oldconvert - I could not have phrased it better. Anonymous @ 7.22am - thanks for the nudge. Sixupman - Heaven help us if the J's have The Holy Name (present HF excepted).

  7. What did you think? i thought catholic contribution was strong.