Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

Just why is new Archbishop on such a mission to target needy? New job: Archbishop of Canterbury

You gotta love the Church of England for trying to be cool, don't you? They are the religious equivalent of Dad-dancing.

At the enthronement of the Archbishop of Canterbury last week, the service included music from African and Punjabi musicians. Also, according to reports, for the first time ever, a woman was in a central role, a blessing was given by an African bishop and lastly, but most hilariously, there was "improvised organ music". What an image! I picture Duke Wellington at the huge keyboard, eyes closed, riffing on a sublime interpretation of that cool classic, "Onward Christian Soldiers". Hmmm ... jazz ... nice. What's the new honorable Justin trying to be? All things to all people? World music, women, jazz and a passionate speech about slavery. Guess he has to set out his stall early and take on the big issues before the new Pope gets a chance to corner the market in caring for the poor and needy.

You gotta love the Church of England for trying to be cool, don't you? They are the religious equivalent of Dad-dancing. At the enthronement of the Archbishop of Canterbury last week, the service included music from African and Punjabi musicians. Also, according to reports, for the first time ever, a woman was in a central role, a blessing was given by an African bishop and lastly, but most hilariously, there was "improvised organ music". What an image! I picture Duke Wellington at the huge keyboard, eyes closed, riffing on a sublime interpretation of that cool classic, "Onward Christian Soldiers". Hmmm ... jazz ... nice. What's the new honorable Justin trying to be? All things to all people? World music, women, jazz and a passionate speech about slavery. Guess he has to set out his stall early and take on the big issues before the new Pope gets a chance to corner the market in caring for the poor and needy.

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