29th May 2013

“Elizabeth Ann Said to her Nan: 'Please will you tell me how God began? Somebody must have made Him. So Who could it be, 'cos I want to know?' And Nurse said, 'Well!' And Ann said, 'Well? I know you know, and I wish you’d tell.' And Nurse took pins from her mouth, and said, 'Now then, darling, it’s time for bed.'”

A.A. Milne1882 – 1956

3 Responses to “29th May 2013”

  1. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    Last night I watched Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Fry debate two quacks, Archbishop Onaiyekan (of Abuja, Nigeria) and Ann Widdecombe, on the question is the Catholic Church is a force for good in the world.

    Both of the quacks were absurd but the Archbishop wasn’t even coherent. He was unable to form a basic point or articulate even the simplest idea.

    Today’s quote reminds me of Onaiyekan and Widdecombe where Nurse could have been played by either of the two.

  2. Jeff Says:

    Sinjin, I know that “Christian charity” is not something you are likely to grant to any clergyman, let alone a Catholic one, but having checked his on-line biography (thank you, Wikipedia) the Cardinal was working at a major disadvantage, in that he was speaking extemporaneously in what is, at best, his third or fourth language. If you are capable of that, then feel free to judge. However, as one who is only moderately bi-lingual at best, I would tend to cut the man a bit of slack. He was up there because of his recent promotion to Cardinal and membership in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, not his linguistic skills.

    I hope you heard the laughter as I was writing this, sir.

    BTW, from yesterday, I would note that the behavior which you so roundly condemned is nothing more than institutional behavior writ against the background of the church, rather than that of corporate, governmental or charitable organizations.

  3. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    Given the Archbishop can’t articulate in the language he was called upon to debate in…jeez! This man was no Mandela! And that Widdecombe WOW! Whacky nut bag!

    Seems when I hear a person from the world of religion making sense its always a theologian like Robert M. Price who clearly doesn’t hold the same or even similar views of the clergy or the congregation.

    I don’t like large organizations, charitable, religious, or otherwise. As organizations expand money just gets lost in the strangest of places, salaries become obscene, and perks and benefits grow without restriction.

    I like the phrase “Think globally, act locally” if for no reason more important than less waste, less bureaucracy, less overhead in local acts.

    Generally if its big church, big government, big charity, or big corporations the weight of overcoming the biggness at some point undermines the mission.