Ruth Gledhill of The Times has scored a remarkable success. Her article on the Labour Party betraying the Church, which appears on the front page of today's paper
is followed by a further report and an analysis of the same subject. Plus a Leader as well.
Not content with this great achievement, Ruth also manages a hilarious account of her holiday with son Arthur at Central Parks, where phone and internet access appear to be in short supply:
Well the holiday doesn't seem to have done her any harm. The articles are humdingers.
It is true, for instance that the government appears to be far more interested in Islam than in Christianity. And it is also true that the Church does not receive the praise it deserves. In the Greater Manchester diocese alone, vicars perform the herculean task (for inadequate pay) of helping all members of society, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or creed. Personally I think that rabbis could learn a thing or two from some of the clergy in their area. Where do they find all the hours of the day to do this work in? When do they sleep? How do their spouses manage? What about their children?
And in between tending to the dead, dying, depressed, ill and abandoned (as well as to happier events, such as weddings) they also have to find the time to attend meetings, write a new and interesting sermon every week, and worry about their retirement, when they will have to finance their own living accommodation in an area outside the parish (so as to allow the new incumbent to make their own mark).
Yes, it is a vocation - but who said vocations were easy?
Ruth should be heartily congratulated for getting this news item onto the front page, and The Times should be congratulated for giving her the space to do so.