|I mean, it's not as if we are an invading force. Sadly.|
A sound idea. Well done Fr Aquilina, we need more priests who will undertake similar innovative steps to flag up (so sorry) the existence of the one true Church.
But the flag has hit a snag.....what has Mrs L put in my coffee?
Locals are up in arms, or, at least, in Westerham terms, a trifle agitated over the prospect of such an inflammatory act of flying the flag of another (enemy?) state.
Neighbours think that the flagpole will look out of place. Tsk! Tsk!
This all smacks of life in England pre the Catholic Emancipation Act of 1829 when we were not allowed to build our churches near a main road and our horse (the equivalent of a Honda Accord) could be summarily pinched by our Protestant neighbour if he took a fancy to it.
And, our tax bills were much higher than anyone else's because, of course, we were not just Catholics but Roman Catholics.
Fr A's more than reasonable application has been opposed by those who fear that the flagpole will rattle at night and that it will look unsightly.
Poor dears. Don't they realise that the good priest could park a 30 foot yacht complete with rigging in his drive without any planning permission?
And that the clatter from a yacht's rigging would turn a deaf saint Protestant after just two hours worth of aural assault?
Perhaps that's the answer.
If Fr A's parishioners could lay their hands on a J/32 yacht and park it in his drive, then they could fly the Papal flag without fear of interference from busybodies.
Stand by to repel all nimbys!