SENTAMU PROVES THE POPE IS NOT A CATHOLICAND ALL THE POPE’S HACK CAN DO IS HUFF AND PUFF

From THE BBC (William Crawley's blog):

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, says those Anglicans who respond to Pope Benedict's invitation to join the Catholic Church under the provisions of the new Apostolic Constitution, would not be "proper Catholics".

Here's part of the exchange I had with Dr Sentamu on this week's Sunday Sequence:

Archbishop Sentamu: "If people genuinely realise that they want to be Roman Catholic, they should convert properly, and go through catechesis and be made proper Catholics. This kind of creation [the Apostolic Constitution] -- well, all I can say is, we wish them every blessing and may the Lord encourage them. But as far as I am concerned, if I was really, genuinely wanting to convert, I wouldn't go into an Ordinariate. I would actually go into catechesis and become a truly converted Roman Catholic and be accepted."

William Crawley: "So those Anglicans who take advantage of the Apostolic Constitution, you're saying, would not be 'proper Catholics'?"

Archbishop Sentamu: "Well, I mean, I'd be very surprised --"

William Crawley: "What would they be if they are not 'proper Catholics'?"

Archbishop Sentamu: "They would be what they are: an Ordinariate of the Vatican."

William Crawley: "Anglican Émigrés?"

Archbishop Sentamu: "(Laughter) Well, if I was a Roman Catholic bishop and I had this group within my diocese being looked after by an Ordinariate whose reference was back to the Vatican, I'd have to ask a number of questions."

COMMENT: Ooh, you bitch! Well done Archbish! But this is what really annoys me about the Archbishop of York. He's a clever old so-and-so with a very quick mind. So YTF does he allow his cultural baggage to trump his intellect on so many important subjects where we really could do with a man with his intelligence and personal knowledge of oppression to counterbalance The Grand Tufti's academic gobbly gook with some logic and straight talking? Honest, John. You disappoint me at times.

Mind you, I could almost forgive him anything just for the fact that he's got Damian Thompson of THE TELEGRAPH, rolling around the floor frothing at the mouth and coming out with a load of hissy fit dross on his blog that is so obviously petulant that he might as well have just written, "DAMMIT! SENTAMU'S RIGHT" in bold, capital letters and just left it at that.

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SENTAMU PROVES THE POPE IS NOT A CATHOLICAND ALL THE POPE’S HACK CAN DO IS HUFF AND PUFF — 7 Comments

  1. Thompson is a hysterical little Queen isn’t he? I wonder how his husband puts up with it?

    I think the trouble with Semantu is he believes what he says. It’s also what’s noble about him. He’s wrong of course, but you have to admire the guy.

    The Mad Hatter of Kent on the other hand obviously does NOT believe anything he says. Should have stuck to the Mr. Bean stuff.

  2. So YTF does he allow his cultural baggage to trump his intellect on so many important subjects where we really could do with a man with his intelligence and personal knowledge of oppression to counterbalance The Grand Tufti’s academic gobbly gook with some logic and straight talking?

    Well, he’s got the autocratic bishop part down just fine. I’ll grant him that.

  3. yes, his failure to speak out when he should have on the Ugandan bill, for one, is pretty tragic. But I am sure his basic attitude is that homosexuality is wrong, that’s why. I’ve never heard him say otherwise – correct me if I’m wrong.

    He would see it as not politic to try to “put right” Williams’s academic approach – he would quite deliberately hang back there, I’m sure.

  4. But I am sure his basic attitude is that homosexuality is wrong

    Yes. That’s what I mean by his cultural baggage. If you look at his arguments on other issues, his logic, you wouldn’t expect him to be homophobic. In fact, you could pretty much take any one of his talks on another subject, replace the object with the word gay, and he would end up arguing with his own position on homosexuality.

  5. agreed MP, and it’s not even just his logic or his arguments, but the fact that he is obviously a fully paid-up human being with genuine instincts and warmth and, by and large, honesty, that makes the homophobia unexpected and sad.

  6. It’s a major disappointment. To be honest, he was a lot more use when he was working on race relations in the inner cities than he is as an archbishop. Back then I used to go and here him speak and he was well brilliant. Now I would avoid him.

  7. It’s a major disappointment … Now I would avoid him

    (sigh)

    The Anglican church, it works like any political party, give them power and they’re hamstrung by it, or think they are, meanwhile, everyone else goes on being crapped on, such as your fine self, dear God, when will the shit end?? It’s such rubbish.