Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Our Lady's Dowry Debate

The Spectator is hosting a debate on whether or not England should return to the Roman Catholic fold. The blurb says,

'The Anglican Communion is deeply, and perhaps irrevocably, split, and the Catholic Church is offering a berth to any Anglican who wants to convert. In this year of the Pope’s visit, is it time for England to become a Catholic country again?

Anglicans and Catholics battle it out in a Spectator debate chaired by Andrew Neil on Tuesday 2 March 2010 at the Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 between 6.45pm and 8.30pm. Price £30.00.

Speakers for the motion

Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor
Piers Paul Read
Reverend Dom Antony Sutch

Speakers against the motion

Lord Harries
Stephen Pound and...wait for it...
Matthew Parris!

I expect Matthew Parris will have to take some valium before the debate as he tends to lose his rag when discussing Catholicism.

Reserve your place by calling The Spectator events team on 0207 961 0044 quoting the reference DEBATE02 or email

Book early to get a place! The answer is yes, by the way. The question is will the speakers for be able to match the combative arguments of the speakers against? I pray Our Lady intercedes for them that they may have some fire in their bellies!


Laura said...

The answer to 'Should England become a Catholic country again?'is, of course, YES. The answer to 'Is it time?' is trickier, as only God knows the answer to this one. Should be an interesting debate.

pelerin said...

Have you seen Cranmer's comment on this? Apparently the opposition is composed of a liberal Anglican, a Roman Catholic and an atheist and he is wondering why they have not got a 'proper' Anglican on it.

As Laura says it should be an interesting debate. I wonder if it will be videoed so that a wider audience will be able to view it on the internet? The £30 entrance seems very steep and will probably keep away many who otherwise would have liked to attend.

Andrew said...

If this is the same Stephen Pound, who is a labour MP for North Ealing, then I know just where his Catholicism starts and ends.

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