Thy Will Be Done

Tragic news from Affirming Catholicism regarding its long-awaited residential conference Thy Kingdom Come. A round-robin email went out at the end of May:

Dear Friends,

It is with regret that Affirming Catholicism has had to cancel the residential conference planned for Liverpool Hope University 29 June-1 July because of a lack of registrations. We are however delighted that a number of our speakers are making themselves available for a day conference in London instead on Thursday, 30th June at St Matthew’s, Westminster. All details are posted on the Home Page of our website and are also below: we hope as many of you as possible will be able to attend this day instead.

If 30DAYs had a heart, it would go out to them!

Cult Corner

Moving on to Australia, 30DAYs is indebted to the Courier -Mail of Queensland for news that a couple down there have announced that they are not – as their friends and families all believed – Alan John Miller and Mary Suzanne Luck, but rather Jesus and Mary Magdalene returned to Earth to run two websites – and www. – through either of which we are all cordially (very cordially!) invited to help maintain Alan and Mary’s exciting ‘ministry’ to the gullible through donations to Alan’s account at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Sceptics will of course demand incontrovertible proof that Alan is who he says he is and luckily he provides it in one of his videos:

‘There’s probably a million people who say they’re Jesus and most of them are in asylums. But one of us has to be.

How do I know I am? Because I remember everything about my life.’

In the words of one perceptive online commentator, that settles it, then!

Lies, damned lies and . . .

Many thanks to the excellent blog Baby Blue Online for this snippet which 30DAYs failed to spot earlier this year:

A section of the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church’s biography on Wikipedia has gone missing.

This section was removed from the PB’s bio on Wiki suddenly last month:

It was later discovered that the information provided by the Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop described in its summary of her career the position of Dean of the “Good Samaritan School of Theology” in Corvallis, Oregon, from 1994–2000, though there is no school of theology with this name, nor any corresponding school of theology in Corvallis. The Presiding Bishop later described the choice of these words for her profile as having been motivated by her having been in charge of the “then-rector’s term for all adult education programmes” of the church where she had been a pastoral associate

The edited notes by a user called ‘Matisse412’ include this statement, ‘I work in the Communication Office at the Episcopal Church Center. Edits made per Bishop Jeferts Schori’s suggestion.’

As always with Mrs Schori, words fail us.

Many a true word . . .

For reasons which will be obvious to anyone who attended this year’s National Pilgrimage to Walsingham, Fr Beau Brandie, Doyen of All Things Organisational, recently had occasion to enquire of various seminarians at S.Stephen’s House and at Mirfield as to their respective heights (only up to the shoulder, you’ll understand). Back came their replies – the Oxford contingent in feet and inches and the West Yorkshire crowd in metres. ‘What might this mean?’ he enquired of the latter – only to receive this classic and immediate response from one who had better remain nameless: ‘We’re not as traditional as once we were, Father, sadly. Sign of the times . . .’ The young man in question will clearly go far.

Bad Losers

In the wake of the marvellous consecrations last month in Southwark Cathedral, it’s easy to overlook the fact that some folk were less than happy with what went on. For a start, rumours reach 30DAYs of a WATCH Committee Meeting going on somewhere around the Cathedral that morning, which certainly proves that God has a sense of humour, unlike GRAS, which issued a typically whingeing press release following the announcement of the appointments: ‘Appointing two new PEVs at this stage in the Women Bishop’s Legislation consultation is deeply undermining of that synodical process and a further institutionalisation of the fearful ecclesiology underlying the ‘Act of Synod’, the spirit of which will be perpetuated by these appointments.’ And so on.

Still, that was really rather moderate when compared with the extraordinary outpourings of the Revd Jean Mayland on Stinking Anglicans: ‘These appointments are despicable. In response to an advert from his Appointments Secretary many of us wrote asking that that he wait until next year when the new legislation will, God willing be approved and hopefully such posts disappear. He has nevertheless appointed them – maybe in the hope that next time he and Sentamu will push through their heretical amendment. It is a slap in the face for faithful women priests.’ Nice.

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