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Meditation and Reflection

He is risen! Hallelujah!

 

He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word. And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me (Mt 28:1-10).

No matter how hostile, inhospitable or belligerently ‘secularised’ the world becomes, nothing will change one immutable truth: Jesus is alive. The resurrection of Christ is the first fruits of the full harvest – the resurrection of all the dead and the salvation of all believers. The risen Lord is the ‘firstborn from among the dead‘. The power of sin has been conquered, but the consequence – physical death – remains, awaiting a future consummation. The Spirit is the guarantee of our ultimate redemption.

The Resurrection split history in two; it divided familiar millennia BC from an unchartered AD of unknown duration. It isn’t politic to say so in this age of moral relativism and religious equality, but Moses, Mohammed, Buddha and Guru Nanak are all dead and buried in their tombs. Only Jesus is alive. Of course, to the superior intellects and enlightened ones, this is but a fairytale, a fantasy, a delusion of inculcated hysteria and cultural spirituality.

But if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and our faith is in vain. Christianity stands or falls with the Resurrection. His death on the cross is historical fact brought about by man. His resurrection is an eschatological event brought about by God. Just as God delivered the Israelites from slavery in Egypt and gave them the Promised Land, so He delivered mankind from sin and death that we might have the promise of eternal life. The blood of the first Passover which spared Israel’s firstborn foreshadows the second Passover and the Lamb who died that we might be born again.

To have mourned at the cross, despaired at the death, wept at the graveside, and then to have met the Risen Christ must have been an inexpressible joy. That joy is now ours. And yet the world is still shrouded in darkness: we suffer, grieve and feel unbearable pain. We weep with those who are persecuted, exiled, beheaded or otherwise summarily murdered for their faith in Jesus. They carry crosses to their own Golgotha. A thousand futures are snuffed out every day in the fanatical religious cleansing which is sweeping throughout the Middle East. We can abhor the regimented lines of lifeless bodies bathed in blood and splattered by the curse of inhumanity. We can gaze in horror as wives are raped, husbands slaughtered and children orphaned to a life of bereavement. But just as the cross preceded Christ’s raising from the dead, our resurrection is dependent on our suffering, death and burial.

We must never forget, amidst all this evil, that the One who was dead is alive. His bloody corpse is no longer in a grave. And He knows the name of every one who dies in Him and for Him. If you listen carefully, He will speak your name and call you to Himself – not for a life of happy-clappy carnivals, the esteem of the world or any sense of approval of your belief. But for the deepest joy of knowing, and a peace that passes understanding.

The evil of the world is a scandal of interminable suffering and pain. But death is not the end: Jesus is alive. They can mock us. We will answer them with words of wisdom and grace. They can persecute us. We will lift our arms in prayer and praise to God. They can kill us. We will multiply and flourish because Christ is risen and the Resurrection is the seal of our hope.

The Resurrection of Christ changed everything because it changes us.

He is risen! Hallelujah!

A happy and blessed Easter to all readers and communicants.

  • Rasher Bacon

    He is risen indeed! Happy Easter to all.

    • The Explorer

      Hello Rasher. Good to hear from you. Same to you.

  • CliveM

    A Happy and blessed Easter to all.

    • Cressida de Nova

      Happy Easter Clive !

      • CliveM

        Thank you, I hope you had a good one.

  • David

    Thank you Your Grace for that beautifully written timeless truth.
    He is risen indeed.
    Happy Easter to all.

  • Peasant Farmer

    Happy Easter Your Grace and thanks for all the hard work with this blog.

  • William Lewis

    Thank you for this wonderful post. Happy Easter to one and all, for He is risen indeed.

  • Linus

    Oh look, it’s Gandalf the White! He sacrificed himself for all the cute little hobbits, but the Valar have sent him back to continue the fight against the evil Sauron and his nasty ring.

    Ooops, sorry! Wrong myth.

    Happy Spring Equinox all you Tolkien fans out there. I hope you know that Ian McKellen is gay…

    • This thread ends here. If you wish to deviate to the topic of homosexuality, please use the chat thread below. Bless you.

      • Linus

        I hadn’t sneezed…

    • Anton

      Spring Equinox was 2 weeks ago, you are late.

      Whereas He is NOT the late Jesus Christ.

      • Uncle Brian

        Autumn Equinox for some of us. Nevertheless, Easter for all of us, of course. Happy Easter, Anton!

        • Anton

          Thank you! I too have lived in the southern hemisphere.

    • sarky

      Time and place Linus, time and place.

    • Inspector General

      You might wish to know that unlike the Anglicans, our Cranmer does practice excommunication, albeit judiciously and with the welfare of his following in mind. As it should be. You see, some are so lost they will never benefit from the indulgences they are granted. In other words, you wretched fellow, “watch it!”

      • Also some do seem to learn from their excommunication and come back later in a better frame of mind 🙂

        • Jack didn’t realise you were once excommunicated, Tibs.

          • Guest

            Can’t have been referring to myself, Jack, husband says I never learn… 🙂

          • An echo …………

          • The disqus ghost strikes again 🙂

          • Can’t have been referring to myself, Jack, husband says I never learn 🙂

          • Hence Saint Paul’s wise words:

            “Wives must be submissive to their husbands, as the service of the Lord demands; and you, husbands, treat your wives lovingly, do not grow harsh with them.”

            Happy Easter to you and all your loved ones, Tibs.

          • Cressida de Nova

            Happy Easter Tibs!

          • Very happy Easter to you, Cressida

          • Cressida de Nova

            Happy Easter Jack !

          • And you too, Cressie.

    • IanCad

      Truly Linus, the genes of Robespierre, Chaumette and other intolerant bloodthirsties of the French Revolution seem to flow strongly in your DNA.

      Your visits here can only benefit you. Not only are you exposed to counter argument but also to spiritual support. Whether or not you accept it with the same grace in which it was given is up to you. The Holy Spirit works in mysterious ways His wonders to perform. Many of us will continue to pray that the splendour of His light will, one day, reveal to you the presence of The Divine.

      • Linus

        Divine is no longer with us. She died many years ago. I remember seeing her on a barge on the Thames during a Gay Pride rally (sometime in the 1980s when I was living in London and wondering how anyone could…) and she certainly sparkled, although her particular type of beauty was perhaps more suited to artificial lighting than the watery English sunshine that was pouring down on us at the time.

        Anyway, my point is that she was a living, breathing and (rather appallingly) singing reality that I could see with my own eyes and (unhappily) hear with my own ears. Your Christ is none of these. He’s an imaginary construct that nobody alive has ever seen or heard, except in their own heads.

        Imaginary beings can’t shine a light anywhere, except in the minds of those who imagine them. And that sort of light can’t illuminate anything except the fantasies of the person imagining it.

        If there is a God and he is omnipotent then he can intervene in the world and provide physical proof of his existence. He does not, therefore he clearly does not want anyone except the most fanciful and imaginative among us to believe in him. Either that, or he just doesn’t exist.

    • The Explorer

      “The Resurrection is the eucatastrophe of the story of the Incarnation. This story begins and ends in joy… To reject it leads either to sadness or to wrath.” Tolkien.

      QED. The Explorer.

      • Anton

        Indeed. In one of his letters, Tolkien called The Lord of the Rings a fundamentally Catholic work in which “the religious element is absorbed into the story and the symbolism”. There is enough in common between Catholicism and protestantism for this to be obvious to people like me, and it would be a good exercise for Linus to seek to identify those elements. I have a list, and on another thread will gladly discuss them with him.

        • Ivan M

          “Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament … There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves upon earth.”

          ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien

          • Anton

            I obviously differ from Catholics over transubstantiation, which lies behind their “blessed sacrament”, but lembas bread is its analogue in Lord of the Rings. That’s just one of the many ways in which, as Tolkien wrote, “the religious element is absorbed into the story and the symbolism”.

          • Ivan M

            The Korean Catholics did not have regular priests for a long time. Neither I believe were the Japanese Catholics during their time of persecution. We can go further and meet on the grounds that in extremis a priest is not required. Lay people can handle it. I think the vexed of issue of transubstantiation can be sorted out on the grounds that it is true whether one believes in it or not. I do not agree with the Catholic Church’s stand that only Catholics can receive it. But I do not make the rules and have to abide by it.

          • Anton

            I’ve argued against ordination and transubstantiation on other threads at this blog. (In extreme summary, the ordination ceremony makes the candidate “a priest” in its own words, yet like all Christians he is already one according to Rev 1:6, 1 Pe 2:9; while the qualities – smell, taste etc – that cause wine and blood to be distinct are of their substance rather than accidents because otherwise they would not even be recognised as the one rather than the other.) But I gladly accept many Catholics as brethren in Christ.

          • Ivan M

            Theoretical arguments for or against transubstantiation do not really cut it. My grandmothers were illiterates. I doubt if they knew Revelations. They went to their deaths believing in the Real Presence. The Protestant approach requires literacy, which was not available to the mass of humanity throughout history.

          • Anton

            Arguments by what people feel certainly don’t cut it! Arguments involve words by definition. Feel free not to engage with my argument against transubstantiation, but please don’t just blank it while using rhetoric that suggests otherwise.

            In pre-literate cultures people routinely knew huge amounts of stuff by heart. Actors still do this today, with their scripts, and they find it routine – all of their complaints are about how hard a part is to play, not to learn. And you need only one literate person in a household to read the Bible to the rest. God gave us scripture and he does not ask people to do the impossible.

          • Ivan M

            Many or even most people have problems with transubstantiation through definitions and axioms and empirico-theoretical derivations. I apologise for taking off on your replies.

          • Anton

            No problem.

          • Dominic Stockford

            To understand the teaching of the Real Presence properly one needs a background in philosophy, so illiterates probably didn’t believe in what the Church of Rome erroneously teaches at all.

          • Anton

            It’s not so hard Dominic. Illiterates can readily grasp the notions of substance and accident by example, and then transubstantiation can be argued against in the one sentence I gave Ivan above. 1 Corinthians 1:20.

          • Ivan M

            You can just feel it, there is no need to capture it in a grid of words.

          • Ivan M

            While illiterates or for that matter literates will have problems with the abstruse theory, accepting the Real Presence does not depend on deep philosophy.

            The masses were sufficiently impressed with the wonder worker Jesus, when he multiplied the loaves and fishes to feed thousands, that they thought that following him the next days would save them the bother of lighting their cooking fires and save them some cash. But Jesus did not oblige them the next time around. Instead He gave them another one of His hard teachings. That those who ate manna in the desert were already dead. He was talking about real food not a metaphor, since the people were hungry. That the way to eternal life is to eat His Flesh and drink His Blood. He wasn’t speaking metaphorically for St John records that the ordinary people were perplexed as to how the man could give his flesh and blood to eat or whether indeed it was a desirable thing to do. Jesus of course drives it in, in the following verses so that there could be no ambiguity. This is a summary of what I heard from a priest who felt a special calling to preach on the Real Presence.

          • Anton

            OK, if you think you can feel it, let’s get some Blessed Sacrament and some wafer that a Catholic ordained priest has not yet used in a Communion and see if Catholics can tell which is which using a double-blind protocol.

          • Ivan M

            No no, by feel I mean something much more than the taste buds in your double-bind experiment, having to do with the anthropology of the human race and all of Creation in fact. You will have to tolerate me just this once my friend, as I rehash again what I read some years ago in an extraordinary blog post that I can no longer find.

            In all of of nature, who eats whom, determines the power relationships within that ecosystem. In the seas it is the sharks and killer whales, tearing across whole schools of fishes and marine life that sets the balance of terror that limits the freedom of the weaker animals. In the Serengeti it is the lions, the apex predators, who do the same to the gentle deer and other animals there.

            In human affairs the weak are exploited by the strong. Their labour is not recompensed. Their bodies are abused. They live in fear of oppression, war and disease. (It may not be so bad now in most places, but this was the historical reality for most of the human race after the Flood.)
            We can say that the weak, are the food of the strong. Building on the reality of their existence, they made fierce gods, ferocious beings, such as the merciless gods of the Aztecs and the Akkadians who had to be appeased in order to survive. When captives and animals are sacrificed to the gods, what exactly is going on? It is a form of primitive magic, echoes of which are there in the Old Testament, which is after all the record of an ancient people, navigating in a hostile world. The supplicant is saying, eat this – the cow or dove or the slave – instead of me. Let me live for a while longer in peace. The terror of the devotee in the face of awesome power of the gods, is manifest in the bestiary and mind-blowing rituals surrounding these bloody affairs across all cultures. One mistake and the whole universe collapses.

            Jesus Christ has comes to overturn this perverted order of sacrifice. The sacrifice that sustains the World, is not the blood of bulls and prisoners. It is His own Body and Blood that He gives as food for all Creation. As the late John Ashcroft, one time Attorney-General of the US said, Christians have a God that sacrifices Himself for us, not a god that demands we sacrifice our lives for him.

          • Anton

            How could I disagree with that deep truth, passionately told? It is something that all Christians should agree on. But we are divided over transubstantiation; so, while I do not regret that you have changed the subject, you surely have.

            Part of it is to do with notions of time – Christ’s sacrifice as one-off or forever present? Surely, both.

          • Ivan M

            Yes you are correct that I have changed the subject. Thanks bud, for your patience.

      • Linus

        So Tolkien really is your prophet, is he? Not surprising that a writer of fantasy stories should appeal to Christians.

        Are there elves at the bottom of your garden? I wouldn’t be surprised to hear you say there are. And nor would I be surprised to hear that your camera just broke down so you can’t supply me with photographic proof. I’ll just have to take their existence on faith, won’t I?

        • The Explorer

          No no Linus, old cliff ghast, there aren’t elves any more. Pity: according to Scandinavian mythology those elf women were absolutely cracking!
          Writers of fantasy don’t necessarily appeal to Christians: Marx has absolutely no appeal for me.

          • CliveM

            Or Dawkins!

    • Old Blowers

      ” hope you know that Ian McKellen is gay…” WHAT? Is he? Who would have know…Someone said Pope Francis is a Roman Catholic…Could this be true also?

      • Cressida de Nova

        Silly ole bugga ! Happy Easter !

  • preacher

    Thank you Dr Cranmer & many Blessings on you.
    To all that read this, May you have a great year & may God Bless you.” Yep even if you don’t believe in Him………Yet! “.

    • Anton

      Best example of that “yet” I have heard:

      • sarky

        Sorry but absolute claptrap. The facts are all wrong (never heard of a satanic coven, thats for witches) as for twenty at an outside ritual?? You do know that most satanists don’t believe in an actual devil and don’t carry out rituals?
        This guy is a fantasist. Please show me the you tube video where all 20 ‘satanists’ confirm his story.

        • Anton

          If it’s true then the other 20 wouldn’t do that, would they? And if it’s false then they wouldn’t do it either. So asking me for such a clip is futile and its non-existence proves nothing.

          If you are suggesting that Graham Cooke is lying, please take it up with rather than me as he has the background information that will make it plausible (or the reverse) to you; I don’t. I believe it – and yes I am not totally ignorant of satanism, and am aware that satanists have a problem because the only source of information they have about a being of that name is the Bible which states that he is doomed. What I enjoy about this video is Cooke’s response to the guy – love and total confidence that he (Cooke) is the servant of an infinitely greater power. Too many Christians forget that.

          • sarky

            Its just I’ve heard many of these stories over the years, all made without evidence. People who make these claims seem to do it to say ‘look at me, I converted a satanist, I’m a better christian than you’. The truth is they lie to boost their own ego’s.

          • Anton

            Take it up with Graham Cooke directly if you wish, not me.

          • sarky

            But you posted it, not Graham Cooke.

          • Anton

            Yes indeed, and I’m not ashamed of it but, as I said, Graham Cooke has the background information that will make it plausible (or the opposite) to you; I don’t.

          • sarky

            Funny but the clip is the only mention of this episode I could find. I would love to contact him but it appears he is on a money making tour of the states (surprise, surprise )

          • Anton

            His website provides a mailing address, a phone number and an online form, which should suffice:

            http://www.brilliantperspectives.com/index.cfm?zone=/unionactive/contact.cfm

          • sarky

            I saw it, however, the note underneath pretty much says that no response will be given. I have emailed and will let you know if I get a response (although I very much doubt it)

          • Anton

            You can ring them!

  • Jon

    Alleluia, Happy Easter everyone

  • IanCad

    Thank you so much YG, for a great series of postings during this week of hope, despair and joy.

  • Inspector General

    Christ returns to the earthly living in all his divine glory, and with his great powers intact too. There must have been fear and panic amongst those who not only put the man to death, but broke his body in the process. And now comes the time for justifiable retribution. Surely, by all that is right.

    But it doesn’t happen. Truly, he is immortal, they must have gulped. There was no retribution. Jerusalem was not destroyed, and man is left to wonder.

    All that, Gentlemen, is why your Inspector is, and will continue to remain, a Christian.

  • len

    He is risen!.
    This fact differentiates Christianity from all other religions….

  • Politically__Incorrect

    Alleluia indeed!. My hope and prayer is that many this Easter, especially those who do not know Christ, will find a little stirring in their hearts, a liitle questioning of the status quo, a little reflection on their own lives, that leads them to understand that by ourselves we have nothing. Life only has meaning when we understand who gives it to us. Maybe some of those people will then experience a taste of the peace and joy that really does pass all understaning, and that their unbelief hurts nobody but themselves because they merely cut themselves off from God who created all and desires the best for all. The pain of unbelief is self-inflicted pain.

    Peace, joy and blessings to all of you

  • A Happy and Blessed Easter to one and all.

    “Hell was in an uproar because it was done away with.
    It was in an uproar because it is mocked.
    It was in an uproar, for it is destroyed.
    It is in an uproar, for it is annihilated.
    It is in an uproar, for it is now made captive.
    Hell took a body, and discovered God.
    It took earth, and encountered Heaven.
    It took what it saw, and was overcome by what it did not see.
    O death, where is thy sting?
    O Hades, where is thy victory?

    Christ is Risen, and you, O death, are annihilated!
    Christ is Risen, and the evil ones are cast down!
    Christ is Risen, and the angels rejoice!
    Christ is Risen, and life is liberated!
    Christ is Risen, and the tomb is emptied of its dead; for Christ having risen from the dead, is become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.”

    (St. John Chrysostom)

    • Inspector General

      St. John Chrysostom preceded Islam, so was in no position to accurately speculate about hell, or Satan’s plan B. What would he have said about the hell on earth muslim people are busily engaging themselves in, now and in times past, while smiling benignly and calling us ‘effendi’. Christ has risen, but that is no excuse not to look behind you at regular intervals, for the world continues to be the dangerous place it has always been…

      • Anton

        Secular humanism – with a dash of idolatry of a particular antichrist, Kim Il Sung – is just as deadly to Christians in North Korea. Real Christianity is always counter-cultural.

        • Merchantman

          Here in the workplace, declaring one’s Christian faith is ‘gross misconduct’ in certain circles. We need to start challenging the secularists openly and at every opportunity.

          • DanJ0

            That’s not actually true, is it?

          • Dominic Stockford

            Yes, it is. A lady is now going to appeal, having been found guilty of the gross misconduct of daring to present Christian thoughts to another fellow employee during break times, and in response to questions.

          • DanJ0

            She was doing rather more than declaring her Christian faith, as I’m sure you know really.

  • Pubcrawler

    Alleluia! Christos anesti!
    Alithos anesti! Alleluia! Alleluia!

    This the day that the Lord has made. Let us be glad and rejoice in it!

  • God bless and keep you all this Easter

    Christians, to the Paschal Victim

    offer sacrifice and praise.

    The sheep are ransomed by the Lamb;

    and Christ, the undefiled,

    hath sinners to his Father reconciled.

    Death with life contended:

    combat strangely ended!

    Life’s own Champion, slain,

    yet lives to reign.

    Tell us, Mary:

    say what thou didst see

    upon the way.

    The tomb the Living did enclose;

    I saw Christ’s glory as he rose!

    The angels there attesting;

    shroud with grave-clothes resting.

    Christ, my hope, has risen:

    he goes before you into Galilee.

    That Christ is truly risen

    from the dead we know.

    Victorious king, thy mercy show!

  • Uncle Brian

    A Happy Easter to everybody here at Cranmer’s, including Linus.

    • Dominic Stockford

      To Linus and sarky more than most.

  • PiglitPootles

    Hello. Is it not possible that Moses is one of the righteous who was redeemed during the harrowing of hell or is my theology way off?

    • It’s more than possible. All the righteous and faithful were freed from the grave and Hades by Our Lord. Didn’t Moses appear transfigured with Christ?

    • Pubcrawler

      He may well be; but his body remains in the grave awaiting the resurrection as ours will.

    • Anton

      “Abraham believed; and it was credited to him as righteousness” – Genesis 15:6. So the principle that faith in the Creator God counts against your sins is older than the New Testament and the coming of Jesus Christ. I presume it applies also to Moses and the heroes of the faith spoken of in Hebrews.11.

      • Jack has always understood that Christ’s sacrifice redeemed all faithful men and women stretching back to Adam and Eve and up to the time He returns. It was an event in time with timeless results.

        • CliveM

          Happy Jack

          That was my understanding to. The Cross does not just represent a moment in time, but all of time.

          How else could it be?

          • Pubcrawler

            Indeed. I was told once that Christ’s arms ‘isprad o rode’ (spread out on the cross) as a Middle English song puts it, reach both backwards and forwards in time in an eternal divine embrace.

  • Merchantman

    I truly believe Jesus is with us. He says he is.

  • I see Bishop Libby’s Easter message in the Telegraph is all about feminism. I knew it, women bishops!

    • Pubcrawler

      Hmm. An Easter homily that says pretty much nothing about the power and significance of Christ’s victory over death but lots about emoting with the women. As spiritually nutritious as whey.

  • Shadrach Fire

    Cathedrals and churches make great statements, but without words Welby said. What do they say? They can say nothing but testify to that which the builder believed and expressed through hiscraft. The stones are inanimate.

    That which we can share with the builders is that Christ was born, lived, died and rose again. It is that last sentiment that as Len said, this differentiates all religions from Christianity.
    Some will say they that Christ lived, that he was a good man but they wont say he arose from the dead as that would deign him to have divinity. This is what those opposed to Christianity can’t do.
    But praise God, we can. Happy Easter.

    • Dominic Stockford

      Indeed, without words cathedrals are merely new towers to men’s ingenuity and self-absorption – what is worse, when men do speak in them these days they also produce babble just as the heathens do. Maybe the Lord might care to Babel a few of them.

  • Pubcrawler

    Meanwhile, over in the Grauniad, the tired old ‘Easter is pagan really’ codswallop get its annual airing

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/belief/2010/apr/03/easter-pagan-symbolism

  • David

    Your Grace, thank you for this week’s stunning series of uplifting, truly wonderful daily sermons. But let the glory be for God.

    • Pubcrawler

      I second that wholeheartedly. It has been a most stimulating and thought-provoking Holy Week and Triduum.

      Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui Sancto.

  • Old Blowers

    Thank you, Your Grace for an inspirational set of posts during this most special time for believers, to turn us heaven ward so as to take our minds from the worldly media nonsense that neither edifies nor satisfies.

    Off to do a bible study as we have been most shoddily treated by the state educational broadcaster..Dear Aunty has failed yet again to cover for the majority faith in the nation over the last week yet come the minorities festivals there will be a plethora of articles and programs on the joy and intricacies of another faith, so long as it bears no relation to Christianity.

    Bless you all

    Old Blowers

    • Jack was just thinking about you Ole Blowers. A Blessed and Happy Easter to you and all your loved ones.
      Peter

      • Old Blowers

        A blessed and happy Easter to you too my old friend. Trust all is well with your family and grandchild.

        Blowers

        • It is all going swimmingly, dear friend. Jack will post some new pictures of Lucy tonight and try to remove the robot thingy.

          • Old Blowers

            Please put your link on again as had to reinstall flippin OS yet again…will save link to text file and keep on my usb flash for future use if probs with pc. Looking forward to seeing the pics.

            I do so miss our late night chats but we are just too old to keep it up now !!!*’ Oooh, I say’ as Terry Thomas used to smirk..*Giggles**
            Blowers

          • Jack is the dotting granddad and is happy to share the link. Keep it private as Jack is being pestered by various odd balls from “across the pond”.

            http://httpwwwmreman.blogspot.co.uk/

          • Old Blowers

            Copied it, you can now delete should you be being pestered by that ‘Calvinist’ and his chums or is it too late? *Guffaws*

          • It’s bloomin’ Catylicks causing Jack problems. He’s been getting very strange comments. What a strange world this is.

          • Old Blowers

            What…Do they see you as too Modern or too traditional…Oooh the irony!!!*Humungous cackles*

          • It is not amusing, Blowers. Accused Jack of being a protestant, they did, because he cited scripture against ordaining women, homosexual marriage and access to Communion without repentance. Jack thought he was in “Wackeyland” on an adventure.

          • Old Blowers

            Dear fella

            I trust that like they say in those spy thrillers, “You did make sure you were not followed onto the blog”. The last thing Crannie needs is RC extremists shouting “Maria est maximum,” wearing fratricide vests filled with explosive incest??? *Chuckles and sniggers*

          • There have been a couple of ‘visitors’, one a particularly odd person who thinks Jack is crazy and on mental health benefits ( …. who said that?) but good old Carl came to Jack’s aid and nuked him. They are from the liberal ‘anything and everything is forgiven’ brigade, so no incense.

            (Please note your spelling, old chap. We wouldn’t want Catholics getting a bad reputation, now would we?)

            It’s been an experience, Jack can tell you.

          • Old Blowers

            “INCEST”
            Good Lord…Bloomin autocomplete!!! Must go to Specsavers damn quick!!!
            Would love to say it was a pun on Fratricide with hindsight but I am Ernst Blofeld the honest *Chuckles*

          • Lol …………..
            We’ll keep it in the Crannie family, Ernsty.

          • Old Blowers

            *HUMUNGOUS CACKLES*

          • Old Blowers

            It would give a completely unwarranted meaning to AGAPE

          • PaulOfTarsus

            Ah – the visitor is here – why? Because you insist on making a nuisance of yourself. Imaginee being disliked on a continent you likely haven’t visited. You are a poor example of a Catholic and do yourself and Catholics a disservice by your lunatic ravings! Where’s GRUMP JACK? What’s the first voice you hear in your head? People ask you why you refer to yourself in the 3rd person like a nut cake! You present as being an expert on everything anywhere you go – stay home.
            You state “baseball is merely an updated version of softball”. Baseball is America’s game yet you come over here and make one post which is an insult. You come to an American site to brag about cricket and denigrate baseball. you sux and cricket does too. Stay on your own side of the pond with your insults. And don’t LIE about it like a gossiping female.

          • Ivan M

            Baseball should be a game for kids and girls. It is actually a bells and whistles version of rounders. Cricket on the other hand is a game for men, all varieties can play, fat and short or lean and mean . Not just beefcakes. The theorising and disputations builds the mind even as the reflexes as refined.

          • Anton

            If you want an intelligent comparison of cricket and baseball, read Playing Hard Ball by ET Smith. Ed Smith (now retired) was a good county batsman who had a short run in the England team a decade ago and had the excellent idea of joining a baseball club in the USA for their pre-season training in order to improve his own fitness. A man who also used to review history books for one of the better Sunday newspapers, and listen to Wagner on his dressing room walkman, he was eminently qualified to make eloquent comparison.

          • DanJ0

            We know why he refers to himself in the third person here.

          • PaulOfTarsus

            Good then keep him there. He intrudes with inane comments totaly unrelated to the subject matter. He insults whomever, whatever he can. He is rude and obnoxious. If you have any influence over him then please do exercise it. He has been FLAGGED numerous times and it has become burdensome to those who seek a calm discussion environment.

          • DanJ0

            He’s a fairly sophisticated troll so what do you expect?

          • PaulOfTarsus

            Were he sophisticated he would not be getting himself into the jams he does. He certainly is a troll. He’s obviously free to post where he wishes but, he has to know if he gets FLAGGED enough times he’ll be banned. People already ignore him for the most part. Enough of this. He’s taken up too much time. Thanks for your reply. I’ll end it here.

          • DanJ0

            I’m certainly no fan of Dodo but I’ve just had a look at some of his recent comments and I don’t really see what you’re complaining about. Especially on another site altogether. Take it from me, he can get a lot worse than that if he finds something he thinks he can wind someone up about. The beauty of Roman Catholicism is that anyone can pretend to be a Catholic and argue as though one is more devout than the Bishop of Rome simply by regurgitating the online material from the Vatican. As no-one actually lives like that in the real world then one is almost certain to find someone with whom to argue about it, even on the most Roman Catholic of sites.

          • CliveM

            Regards your first sentence, pretty much what I concluded when I checked.

            Bit disappointed actually!

          • PaulOfTarsus

            So, it’s OK for Dodo to play being a Catholic & go around taunting people? There are few things in life people take seriously – their religion. When one attacks their belief system that directly attack “who” that person is. So a *sophisticant* does these things without a shred of conscience? That is the sign of a truly sick person.

            While you may not think his posts are offensive, enough people do so that he is regularly Ignored and Flagged. He’s toned down his rhetoric a bit, which is what you may have seen. He needs to get a life and not play childish games. He is silent now letting you and others speak to his issues. It is good you all have the decency not to attempt to defend his ill behavior. Unfortunately, he is likely reading and enjoying this because it puts him at the center of people’s attention – which is what a child seeks.

            We all don’t agree on every issue but, one can tell when another is genuinely stating their position with a regard for the other’s position. By jumping in a thread and throwing stones he could care less about those he targets. That is unconscionable. That is not the sign of a decent human being let alone a Christian.

            His comments about me and others were over the top. That he felt a need to mention his difficulties with others attest to the fact he accepts no personal responsibility for his anti-social behavior rather, wanting to point a finger and blame others for what he brings upon himself. That, in my estimation, required a response – and he got both barrels.

            There’s nothing more to add. Thanks again for your thoughts – Peace to you and yours. I’ll end it here.

          • “I’ll end it here.”
            If only … and do stop stalking Happy Jack. It’s most odd.

          • Powerdaddy

            Funny bunch, Christians.

            Get any eggs this year?

          • You have demonstrated just how dishonest you are. Thank you for making it so obvious. But to cover those hateful posts with edits of celebrations of Christ’s resurrection … that took Jack back somewhat. Jealously and envy is poisonous. Get used to Jack being around.

          • PaulOfTarsus

            DanJ0 PaulOfTarsus • 2 days ago
            b>He’s a fairly sophisticated troll so what do you expect?
            If you cross me or harass me & I’ll be right back here. ha ha

          • PoT: “DanJ0 PaulOfTarsus • 2 days ago
            He’s a fairly sophisticated troll so what do you expect?
            If you cross me & I’ll be right back here. ha ha”

            You’re the Troll – and terribly unsophisticated. To edit and hide behind the Gospel is shocking.

          • PaulOfTarsus

            I’m just going to sit back and let your manic self burn out. You obviously don’t have a life because you’re posting every 5 minutes – sad really. So, go right ahead and post away. As I said you’re like water off a duck’s back.
            you really are pathetic – I laugh at you. ha ha
            Now go chase after a post of mine because this is the last one here. you’re just repeating the same sad story. passive-aggressive DRAMA QUEEN wimp!
            Commercial’s over – my baseball team is winning… ha ha ha

          • PaulOfTarsus

            We know why he refers to himself in the third person here.
            Yeah, he’s an imbecile.

          • PoT: “We know why he refers to himself in the third person here.
            Yeah, he’s an imbecile.”

            Easter spirit wear off, did it?

          • Hmmm … this is true and by their fruits one knows them and Jack knows you.

          • PaulOfTarsus

            your friend jacko keeps replying to my posts as a way to antagonize yet, he is a joke to be laughed at and not taken seriously. Each of his posts are being ignored – as they should. And of course, flagged. He’s an evil, sick little man who can’t seem to control himself on Easter of all days. Now we are in the Easter season – with Easter Sunday just gone past – and he’s back to his old tricks. They run of like water off a duck’s back.

            This is an FYI so you know what people deal with and when we’ve had enough I’ll be back. Read around at his posts and see what he’s been up to. Certainly nothing positive – nothing Christian either.

          • DanJ0

            You’re not telling me anything I don’t already know. The thing is, you’re saying that it’s all off a duck’s back but you’re demonstrating that it most definitely isn’t. Trolls love winding people up and love attention, and you’re providing both for him. You’d be better going back to your own forum and simply ignoring it, I’d say.

          • PaulOfTarsus

            Ah, good. I came here to give him both barrels in his own backyard – mission accomplished. If you are all on to him even better. It took us a while but, now he’s persona non grata. I could care less about the weirdo. Thanks for your info.

          • But Jack and his comments are very welcome … unlike those of some others (mentioning no names).

          • PaulOfTarsus

            You’re filling up my in bucket. I love it. I have really gotten to you… ha ha. Everyone is reading your self-incriminating posts…. mission accomplished. Over and out. (feel free to keep filling my in bucket. It doesn’t cost me a plug nickel and they’re not read. Keep thinking of me and wasting your time. Oh, commercial’s over got to run – cheerio. ) IGNORED! ha ha

          • Please don’t return. You would find it more profitable to reflect on your own behaviour in these series of posts.

          • You’re really not helping the poor chap, Danjo.

          • “Cricket is the game that can civilise the world. Baseball is merely an updated version of softball.”
            Please explain why this is such a terrible comment. For one thing, it’s perfectly true.
            You come here throwing insults around at Jack making yourself look foolish – like you have each and every time you visit. Have you no self respect?

          • DanJ0

            “Have you no self respect?”

            That’s my line! :O

          • Lol ….

          • PaulOfTarsus

            “Have you no self respect?”

            Ha the wimp attempting to assert himself. I’ll go wherever I please.
            What you’d best keep in mind is not to reply to my posts or make another stupid post as you do.

            you’re the horse’s stink hole that needs to reflect; after all, look at the mess you’ve made for yourself.

          • CliveM

            Ah a reasoned response and there was I doubting you had it in you.

          • PaulOfTarsus

            I hate to sink that low but, after months of trying to reason with him it has finally come to this. He’s already posting over here but, without the nonsense thus far. Thanks for your & others info.

          • Now bare faced lying is immoral, especially when wilfully intended to damage another person’s reputation. You do know this? If you accept the Church’s teaching of being required to be free from mortal sin, through the sacrament of confession, before receiving the Eucharist, then you know what is required.

            To refresh your memory, your “months of trying to reason” with Happy Jack consisted of a false accusation that he was a banned poster returning under another name or names. Since then, all you’ve done is suggest Jack is crazy, claiming expertise in this field, and posted very odd comments.

          • PaulOfTarsus

            //Happy Jack consisted of a false accusation that he was a banned poster returning under another name or names.// = refresh my memory. If you can’t find it then, you are the liar and need to take your own advice.

            // Jack is crazy // = True. Take your meds or you’ll be off to the sanatorium, right quick…….. again. Then you won’t have any computer privileges. So be a good boy and be on your way now.

          • And you know that you edited the post – a little ‘trick’ you brag about too. You also hide your profile.
            Now, Jack has been polite thus far …. it is you who has intruded and borne false witness and you who should depart.

          • PaulOfTarsus

            My final clinical psychiatric diagnosis for you – DRAMA QUEEN*! The worst type – a male(?) DRAMA QUEEN. A DRAMA QUEEN who makes false claims against an innocent party for the sole purpose of making DRAMA. Off with you now DRAMA QUEEN. We’ll have no more of your petty selfish games.

            //Now, Jack has been polite thus far // Maybe you should look for my supposed comment under your alter identity. you must be confused having multiple profiles and identities.

            (*don’t look up the DX as it is parlance among professionals who have pesky clients who cling to them. They even hang around when insulted because of their poor self esteem… sad really but, we do it for their own good – you’ve likely experienced this from your therapist and/or psychiatrist).

          • Hmmm …. what a very strange person you are showing yourself to be. A bare faced liar too. And it’s not Jack hanging around here; it’s you. And the histrionics are all one way.

          • Ma Hester

            Paul likes to make personal attacks on people, right after telling others not to make personal attacks.

          • Then edits the offending comment. What a peculiar man.

          • Clearly the answer to the question posed is in the negative. Alternatively, you could just lack self awareness. It strikes Jack as very odd how you and the other militant “live and let live” Christians try to bully and silence others in the name of “tolerance” and “respect”.

            You’ve got yourself into an embarrassing situation and really should retreat before you make yourself look more stupid. No need to reply; we’ll end it here.

          • CliveM

            HJ

            look at his response to me. He has NO awareness at all. Engaging with him, at all, in any way is a waste of your time.

          • Ma Hester

            Stop the personal attacks. You know, sort of like when you tell others to stop the personal attacks when they identify other trolls.

          • PaulOfTarsus

            stop being a TROLL and spewing vicious lies or GOD will damn you.

          • Ma Hester

            Fact: you attack the poster “Happy Jack”
            Fact: I similarly characterize the poster “Neil Allen”
            Fact: you self-righteously tell me not to personally attack “neil allen”
            Now, what do we call that?

            Hypocrisy, no?
            “GOD will damn you” Your self-righteousness is so grand, your life so unexamined, your hatefulness so crystallized that you pretend to sit in judgement of my soul.

            Pathetic.

          • PaulOfTarsus

            Ha Ha Ha LOL………. snicker snicker.

          • Ma Hester

            Laugh all you want, self-righteous hypocrite.

          • PaulOfTarsus

            Ma Hester PaulOfTarsus • 11 minutes ago
            Copy and paste all you want, you’ll still be a pathetic hypocrite.
            ha ha lol ….. aashole

          • Ma Hester

            “ha ha lol ….. aashole”

            Is this what you mean by the “Spirit of Vatican II”?

          • PaulOfTarsus

            Ma Hester PaulOfTarsus • 2 days ago
            Copy and paste all you. want, you’ll still be a pathetic hypocrite.
            ha ha rant rant ha ha………….. F U

          • Ma Hester

            Why do the rules you apply to others not apply to you? Did your parents raise you to be such a hypocrite? Or did you come into it alllllll by yourself?

          • PaulOfTarsus

            seems you’re the lowest of the low – even have your name to taunt another – you are a sicko. So, the sicko TROLL that you are has such a miserable life you get your jollies posting stupid comments. Don’t waste them here because I could care less. Too many nut cakes like you to be bothered so I just post it back and move on – don’t waste your time quit while you’re behind.

          • Ma Hester

            Tell me, why is it wrong for me to rightfully characterize Neil Allen’s posts, but it is fine for you do to the same to others?

          • PaulOfTarsus

            ..Ha Ha Ha LOL………. snicker snicker.

          • Ma Hester

            How does it feel to be such a pathetic hypocrite?

          • PaulOfTarsus

            Ma Hester PaulOfTarsus • 11 minutes ago
            Copy and paste all you want, you’ll still be a pathetic hypocrite..

            The words of a True Christian.

          • neil allen

            “Ma Hester” is a pathetic hypocrite, a fake account mocking someone’s dead mother, used by a pedophile loving supporter of the Catholic Church Of Organized Child Rape.

            It may be the account of Fr Ruben Martinez, one of tens of thousands of protected Catholic pedo-priests. He ADMITTED raping over 100 children, including his 5 year old brother. Of course, he waited until the statute of limitations expired, so he never went to jail, and is free, in someone’s neighborhood.

            Google him to learn about the Catholic church.

            Of course the Catholic church never mentioned him when they created their John Jay report admitting 4,392 substantiated, accused child sex offenders.

          • Ma Hester

            Copy and paste all you want, Patrick O’Malley 617-PATRICK. You’ll still be a pathetic hypocrite.

          • PaulOfTarsus

            Ma Hester PaulOfTarsus • 2 days ago
            Copy and paste all you want, you’ll still be a pathetic hypocrite.

            Another Sicko on his website.

          • Ma Hester

            “seems you’re the lowest of the low – even have your name to taunt another – you are a sicko.”

            Says the person who names himself as an apostle to lend some false sense of authority to his hypocrisy.

          • PaulOfTarsus

            .Ha Ha Ha LOL………. snicker snicker.

          • Ma Hester

            Copy and paste all you want, you’ll still be a pathetic hypocrite.

          • PaulOfTarsus

            Ma Hester PaulOfTarsus • 11 minutes ago
            Copy and paste all you want, you’ll still be a pathetic hypocrite.
            The words of a TROLL

          • Ma Hester

            “seems you’re the lowest of the low ”

            I don’t know if I’m the lowest of the low, but I’m certainly not half the pathetic hypocrite that you are.

            “you get your jollies posting stupid comments”

            Hypocritical hypocrite is hypocritical.

          • PaulOfTarsus

            Ma Hester PaulOfTarsus • 11 minutes ago
            .Copy and paste all you want, you’ll still be a pathetic hypocrite.

          • neil allen

            Ma Hester is the lowest of the low.

            “Ma Hester” is a fake account mocking someone’s dead mother, used by a pedophile loving supporter of the Catholic Church Of Organized Child Rape.

            It may be the account of Fr Ruben Martinez, one of tens of thousands of protected Catholic pedo-priests. He ADMITTED raping over 100 children, including his 5 year old brother. Of course, he waited until the statute of limitations expired, so he never went to jail, and is free, in someone’s neighborhood.

            Google him to learn about the Catholic church.

            Of course the Catholic church never mentioned him when they created their John Jay report admitting 4,392 substantiated, accused child sex offenders.

          • Ma Hester

            “Ma Hester is the lowest of the low. Ma Hester is a fake account mocking someone’s dead mother, used by a pedophile loving supporter of the Catholic Church Of Organized Child Rape.”

            False. I never said my own mother was being raped in hell for all eternity just for being catholic, like YOU (patrick o’malley 617-PATRICK) do. THAT’S the lowest of the low.

            False. I never excused public school teacher molesters by saying they just “touched someone’s pee-pee” like YOU (patrick o’malley 617-PATRICK) do. THAT’S the lowest of the low.

            You disgusting sick freak.

          • neil allen

            I never said either. Provide proof with real URLs, which you have not done in the last 500+ message mocking Patrick’s dead mother, you cowardly Catholic.

          • PaulOfTarsus

            Ma Hester PaulOfTarsus • 11 minutes ago
            Copy and paste all you want, you’ll still be a pathetic hypocrite…

          • PaulOfTarsus

            Ma Hester PaulOfTarsus • 11 minutes ago
            Copy and paste all you want, you’ll still be a. pathetic hypocrite.

          • Ma Hester

            Copy and paste, copy and paste. Show that hypocrisy!

          • ROFL …. did your nose grow 12 inches as you were typing that?

          • Bless you. Jack will consider you advice …. in all of the four posts you have made.

          • PaulOfTarsus

            Oh, don’t stop at 4. Why shortchange yourself … read them all? Please GOD, it will give you more time to read and reflect. Discuss it with your family should you feel the desire. This could be a *teachable moment* leading to greater personal growth and enlightenment.

          • Happy Jack says you need help and he knows a thing or two about this.

          • Old Blowers

            It appears you did NOT take the necessary precautions, old fruit and now look whats happened…sloppy, very sloppy *Chortles*

          • PaulOfTarsus

            Hah – you have a vivid and wild imagination.
            It seems your oppositional behavior has gotten you ignored. It was initially funny & cute but, it has grown quite boring of late. Plus you were getting yourself BLASTED – that means your comments were REMOVED!

          • Tsk, tsk … lies are very naughty.

          • PaulOfTarsus

            You reap what you sow – and your eyeballs are brown.

            The Catholics don’t want your nonsense. You try to pawn yourself off as one and we’ll have none of it.

            If it’s trouble you want – it’s trouble you’ll get.

            Now take your meds like your doc says. You’re on disability living on the dole – nothing to be ashamed of. Just know your place and don’t go around stirring the pot. Let’s hope your mental disability hasn’t been passed on to your progeny. No one would wish hearing voices in your head upon another.

          • magnolia

            We all hear at least one voice in our heads. If one has an imagination and an auditory memory one can imagine the voices of friends and relations and what they might say. If you are listening to God you can “hear” him speaking sometimes in “your” voice in your head, in words of unexpected peace, calm and authority and knowledge; this is called a “word of knowledge” and is a non-negotiable necessity, a foundation stone of the faith, and a gift of the Holy Spirit, not a mental illness.

            Of course evil or multiple voices within the head are a sign of something badly wrong, but more often audible voices OUTSIDE the head that are not there that are the real thing to worry about and a sign of mental or spiritual illness.

            You will mislead- and potentially worry-people by your lack of clear analysis and scriptural and traditional and psychological grounding if you are not careful to make appropriate distinctions.

          • PaulOfTarsus

            Take a look around at some of jacko’s Christian posts. You’ll get a sense of what he does to us on the other side of the “pond”. He seems not to possess a decent bone in his body and his true colors are here for all to see. He cares not. He goes about his evil ways whereas a caring person would take a hint and be on their way.

          • magnolia

            Well we are maybe happier here with a discursive way of being. Debate is fascinating precisely because we don’t all sit round saying “peace and love” and agreeing with each other all the time, isn’t it? We learn from one another and sometimes even modify what we think. I don’t always agree with him, but for mostly different reasons than you. I find encyclicals very dull indeed, and support women’s ordination, for scriptural reasons, and am evangelical Anglican, but nevertheless quite fond of the old dodo. His colours (sic) here are polite enough. I find one person accusing another of not being Catholic enough, and a foreigner on an American blog very “off topic” for a British Anglican blog! Isn’t being “off topic” what Jack was accused of? Just asking……

          • PaulOfTarsus

            He had one foolish comment ridiculing American baseball. Just an insertion of a stupid comment to get attention. At times he’ll go down the entire thread inserting ridiculous one-liners to jab everyone. He’s like an manic-depressive who types faster than he thinks. No thought at all.
            It would be the same as if I came here and foolishly attacked cricket or soccer or the Queen. He’s worn out his welcome and has been Flagged and Ignored. Some will give it to him and he has nothing but stupid responses. He’s an odd duck and his style is not appreciated. It’s not a matter of disagreeing on a point. It’s that he seldom makes a point. What does denigrating American baseball have to do with religion? It’s merely an attempt to stir the pot. We’ve had enough.

          • magnolia

            I agree when in someone’s country respect their ways, and personally don’t play this “our game is better than yours” business which is quite boring really. Most games requiring some skill and little violence are fine by me!! I find ice hockey rather fine, though little played here.

            Most on here wouldn’t be too fussed if you attack any of those three things, unless it becomes ad hominem, esp. if done with humour. Linus, our resident French gay atheist troll attacks British authors, drama, TV programmes, British food, all our drinks, most of our sports, the Royal Family, British clothes, all Christians esp. martyrs to the faith, women, British teachers, British schools, British villages and the countryside, all the churches, and male heterosexuals, and some on here really think he has a warm soft furry side waiting to be released, and he has heaps of replies trying to elicit it. You think you’ve got problems with Jack? Look at the picture Linus trolls under.

          • PaulOfTarsus

            The fact is he came on Easter and posted this atrocious comment. It just seemed to come out of his warped mind. Really, what type of person would do such a thing on Easter?

            It’s fine if Linus is consistent – jacko is not. He attacks everyone for not following Catholic rules then does such an outrageous stunt. That is why he is ignored and flagged.

            OK- it’s agreed he is a foolish troll. He hasn’t shown up so maybe he is reconsidering his ways. Thanks for the info.

          • Jack’s comment:

            “Cricket is the game that can civilise the world. Baseball is merely an updated version of softball.”

            You really are a strange and an odd man.
            And Jack will be back, Sir. He’s on the road at the moment. And others on the weblog know you for what you are.

          • But you’re not a Roman Catholic ….

          • PaulOfTarsus

            The Way of Dodo

            Fitting for a self-described hearer of voices – not a prophet but a nut.
            Nothing is private on the internet especially when you insist on coming “across the pond” and stirring up trouble – not knowing a thing about which you speak.

            If you feel persecuted stay away – simple….
            I certainly hope this embarrasses you enough to accomplish what it has been put here to achieve.

          • The Explorer

            A private message on a public blog? If this is designed to embarrass Jack then it doesn’t do it for me, for one. I’m afraid I have no idea what you are talking about.

          • CliveM

            You know I had a look see, just to work out what you found so annoying. Nothing that would make a Spinster blush. You really are a delicate flower and clearly no lover of free speech.

          • PaulOfTarsus

            The rules of the game are to follow the subject topic. He consistently refuses to do so resulting in numerous REMOVALS. That you looked at one post doesn’t even dent the surface. He’s been doing it repetitively, at times taking up an entire column randomly attacking posters for a considerable time and people have grown tired of him. He does it on EASTER of all days. That is looking for trouble.

            You accused me….. ha. He used/abused his “free speech” and got a taste of free speech in return. On that note I will end it here.

          • Hmmm … actually Jack is friendly with a number of faithful Catholics on that blog who …. now let’s put this delicately …. tolerate your outlandish and rather strange posts. Jack made a joke about Cricket … the article was comparing Catholicism to Baseball … get over it.

            You are a twerp without intelligence or wit, Sir.

          • Ma Hester

            Stop making personal attacks.

          • PaulOfTarsus

            Stop trolling and spewing lies.

          • Ma Hester

            Stop hypocritically telling others to stop making personal attacks when you make personal attacks on Happy Jack.

          • PaulOfTarsus

            Ha Ha Ha LOL………. snicker snicker

          • Ma Hester

            Were you raised to be such a pathetic hypocrite, or did you come into it all your own?

          • PaulOfTarsus

            Ma Hester PaulOfTarsus • 11 minutes ago

            .Copy and paste all you want, you’ll still be a pathetic hypocrite..

          • PaulOfTarsus

            Ma Hester PaulOfTarsus • 11 minutes ago
            Copy and paste all you want,. you’ll still be a pathetic hypocrite.

          • Ma Hester

            Hypocritical hypocrite is hypocritical!

          • PaulOfTarsus

            Ma Hester PaulOfTarsus • 5 days ago
            ..Copy and paste all you want, you’ll still be a pathetic hypocrite.

          • Ma Hester

            Adding those periods in front of your cut and paste job really ties it all together.

          • neil allen

            Personal attacks?

            “Ma Hester” is a fake account mocking somoeone’s dead mother, used by a pedophile loving supporter of the Catholic Church Of Organized Child Rape.

            It may be the account of Fr Ruben Martinez, one of tens of thousands of protected Catholic pedo-priests. He ADMITTED raping over 100 children, including his 5 year old brother. Of course, he waited until the statute of limitations expired, so he never went to jail, and is free, in someone’s neighborhood.

            Google him to learn about the Catholic church.

            Of course the Catholic church never mentioned him when they created their John Jay report admitting 4,392 substantiated, accused child sex offenders.

          • Ma Hester

            Yup. Personal attacks. PaulofTarsus makes personal attacks and then tells other people not to make personal attacks. Because he’s a hypocrite. Just like you.

            You (Patrick O’Malley 617-PATRICK), the hypocrite who uses a fake account and accuses others of a fake account. The hypocrite who only complains about abuse when the perpertrator/monster is a catholic, but wholeheartedly defends public school molesters (you say they just “touched someone’s pee-pee”). The hypocrite who says I mock his mother, but is the one who actually says she’s being raped in hell for all eternity for being catholic.

            You disgusting sicko.

          • PaulOfTarsus

            your friend is at it again. Lots of posts attempting to taunt….. again. They’ve all been flagged and of course he is ignored. He just won’t get it. So one can’t be blamed for returning to him what he dishes out. As with you I know some of the posters he attacks and will speak up for those who he will mercilessly stomp with his false accusations and caustic remarks. As you will see below he tried to bait me with the usual *you’re not Catholic* barb.
            Here is it Easter and he can’t even set aside his animosities for the Holiest Day in the year. Were he a rabid skunk he’d be quickly put out of out of his misery. No response necessary – just a heads up for you.

          • CliveM

            Hmmmm……………….

            You come onto this blog to have a go at HJ and you accuse him of not being willing to put animosities aside at this holy time of the year!

            Do you know the meaning of the word ‘irony’?

          • PaulOfTarsus

            You forget the reason I came here – to give him both barrels in his backyard. Just letting you know that when I come back not to run to his defense. He’s a puke and should stay here. If you don’t see him for what he is, are you like him?

          • ROLF ….

            “You forget the reason I came here – to give him both barrels in his backyard.”

          • Jack hasn’t posted this last couple of days as he’s been travelling. Yet again you lie.

            And here’s a comment from a very well balanced on the site you are have been hostile towards Jack on:

            ” I enjoyed your Blog, was just reading through and your Grandbaby is so cute!
            I also saw you being unfairly attacked by a ‘stalker’… over the pond on a site. I was very upset and wanted to defend you but felt out of place … he/she attacks me regularly, we should both pray for him/her. I enjoy your comments here and everywhere I see them, don’t leave because of a sicko!”

            The reason you are hostile towards Catholics is because you deny the basic tenets of Catholic faith.

          • Ma Hester

            “Christ is Love.”

            Is that why you call people “aashole” [sic] ?

          • neil allen

            “Ma Hester” is a fake account mocking someone’s dead mother, used by a pedophile loving supporter of the Catholic Church Of Organized Child Rape.

            It may be the account of Fr Ruben Martinez, one of tens of thousands of protected Catholic pedo-priests. He ADMITTED raping over 100 children, including his 5 year old brother. Of course, he waited until the statute of limitations expired, so he never went to jail, and is free, in someone’s neighborhood.

            Google him to learn about the Catholic church.

            Of course the Catholic church never mentioned him when they created their John Jay report admitting 4,392 substantiated, accused child sex offenders.

          • Ma Hester

            We can play the cut and paste game all day long, Patrick O’Malley 617-PATRICK. Is this one of your tricks you overcharge people for in your ‘social media consulting’?

          • Ma Hester

            Hey, Patrick, did you tell Jimmie your claims that your deal old ma is being raped forever in hell because she was catholic? Or are you too afraid of what he’ll do to you?

          • neil allen

            The cowardly Catholic, just like his pedophile heroes, hiding in the darkness, with a fake account, mocking Patrick’s dead mother.

          • The Explorer

            This is all a bit like reconstructing the ideas of the Cathars from what their enemies said about them. I take it you’ve been visiting an American site and have annoyed someone who has pursued you over here. Rather like the Inspector being pursued by D T North, except this one’s rather more persistent and more eloquent.

          • Old Blowers

            We may have to call for the Catylick Catcher…

            That blog master of disguise, equipped with a net, a hook
            and an elongated hooter capable of sniffing out catylicks at 20 paces.””Come along, Caty-Lickies…Holy relics, scapulars, indulgences… All FREE Today!!” Muhahahaha! LOL

          • Dominic Stockford

            Accidentally? That’s what all the boys say…

    • Before you go this will lift up your spirits.
      The Bishop of London’s Easter Sermon at St Pauls London. Shame on the BBC for not broadcasting it.

      • Old Blowers

        The Bishop of London’s Easter Sermon at St Pauls London. Shame on the BBC for not broadcasting it.

        What can we expect from that pagan loving institution…I am surprised that the BBC has not declared today Higgs Boson day, to divert the worlds eye’s from Christ towards it’s atheistic Marxist agenda

        • Anton

          No scientist has ever called it the God Particle to his peers, by the way. That title is a result of irresponsible popularising.

          • Old Blowers

            Dear fella

            Neither has an evolutionist called it from absolutely nothing to something but the result implied means the same!!

      • IanCad

        Thanks for the link Marie. I listened to The Bishop of Stockport on Radio 4. A perfectly acceptable uninspiring service.
        Over the years we have tuned in to the Easter Service from The Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, As usual, it was magnificent, uplifting, joyous and inspiring.
        The link is not yet up but well worth waiting for.
        American exceptionalism is still alive and well!

    • DanJ0

      Ben Hur was on 5USA yesterday! What more do you want? 😉

      • Old Blowers

        Very good that chap…Got it on DVD and came with a topical extras disc called Brit Milah/ The Directors Cut. *Giggles*

    • Inspector General

      Salutations Blowers. Good to see you are still at it, what!

      • Old Blowers

        Nice to see you still infuriating those of the pink persuasion and the nomadic atheistic that chance across Crannies blog…Your little web here seems to take the poor little humanistic fleas by complete surprise..We seem to have a terrible problem with TICS here? *Chortles*

        • Inspector General

          One does his best, Blowers. For Christ, of course…

          Tally ho!

    • Uncle Brian

      Thank you Ernsty and a Happy Easter to you too, though it’s a bit late in the day.
      Regards
      Brian

      • Old Blowers

        Better late than never old sport *Giggles*

        • Shadrach Fire

          Glad to see you up and about. Trust you had a blessed Easter.

          • Old Blowers

            Have got me beloved grandson with me (Daughter swapped homes with me for the night…She is suffering her mother for me…well it is a time of sacrifice and suffering for another)

            Happy as a sandboy!!

            Blessings and lovely to hear from you.

            Blowers

    • IanCad

      Look who’s back!! Good to see you Ernesty.

      • Old Blowers

        Good to see you too, old boy.

        Blessings

    • The Explorer

      “Thar he blows!” Good to see you’ve surfaced again, old chap.

      • Old Blowers

        Easter is a time for family and reflection…Old Blowers now back at post SARRR! *stands to attention*

  • Dominic Stockford

    “as he said”

    How do we know he said it? Because it is recorded throughout the entirety of the Bible, from first book to last – the promised messiah, and the future promises of Christ are laid out in inspired writing, infallibly and inerrantly presented for us all. Not one jot, nor one tittle, out of place, and all pointing to our salvation, Jesus Christ.

    As we thank God for giving us His Son, so too we must thank God for giving us the one way in which we can know about all He has done for us, from Creation to Eternal Life.

  • Mark

    So true. What have Buddha and Mohammed have that Jesus doesn’t? Absolutely nothing.