Was Tony ill? No. Had he completely failed? No. Is the slightly ailing Australian economy the victim of mismanagement? No (its the victim of receding fortunes in China). Has Malcolm Turnbull a successful track record as leader of the Liberal Party? No. Has any previous attempt to change PMs mid term through internal party coup saved the party at the next election? Not that I am aware of, and certainly not recently.
A recent sequence of leadership of the Australian Labour Party was: Rudd - Gillard - Rudd. (They are now led, for the time being, by Bill Shorten)
The current sequence of Liberal Party leadership is: Turnbull - Abbott - Turnbull. Oh, dear!
Original: So UK Labour have elected Jeremy Corbyn to be their leader. If this were a joke it would be an excellent one and I could laugh till I cried. But it is not. [Update: see further below re some interesting links].
Today I heard about a government sponsored sermon urging women to cover up their aurat (let's just say, that is knees to neck, at least, if not ankles to head) - so far so ordinary for many Muslim women - and gave as an illustration of why this should be so,
"Let us think for a while, what would happen to an uncovered spread of food? Surely the spread would be covered with flies, and would no longer be seen as desirable by those who had coveted it before."
Likening women showing some of their natural bodies to uncovered food attracting flies. We could laugh at the absurdity of such a denigrative male put down. But this is serious, sincere sermonising. Anger and despair more likely that laughing at the absurdity of it.
A commenter here puts us in touch with Rorate Coeli's reaction to the Pope's recent motu proprio which makes obtaining an annulment easier for Catholics. Let's just say that the reaction amounts to less than an endorsement of the motu proprio let alone of the Pope (for supporting evidence of this deduction, read other articles on the site).
Now I am all for theological argument and such, cf. the existence of this blog. But some arguments are better than others because they accord with the spirit of Jesus' own theologising. Generally, theological arguments for mercy rather than law are in such accordance. So reading lines like this, written, I surmise, with a straight face and a steady pen, I could laugh until I cried. Except ...
'The principle of the double-sentence in conformity [i.e. double confirmation] was consecrated by the 1917 Code of Canon Law and received into the codification promulgated by John Paul II on January 25, 1983. ... In the canonical process, what has to be defended first of all is the supreme interest of the Divine institution which marriage is. ... In Pope Francis’ Motu Proprio this view has been overturned. The interest of the spouses has primacy over that of marriage. It is the document itself that affirms this, by summarizing the fundamental criteria of the reform in these points: the abolition of the double-sentence in conformity, substituted by only one sentence in favor of the enforceability of the annulment ... The combination between Canon 1683 and article 14 on the procedural rules in this respect has a shocking implication. Upon the decisions there will inevitably weigh considerations of a sociological nature: the divorced and remarried will have, for reasons of ‘mercy’, preferential treatment. “The Church of Mercy – notes Giuliano Ferrara – “has started its race” (“Il Foglio” September 9, 2015). It is not racing along an administrative road, but a “juridical one” where there is very little left that remains juridical.'Was marriage made for men and women or men and women for marriage? (I know, you have heard Someone say something similar, so it's not very original of me to pose that question). Rorate Caeli would appear to be on the side of 'law' versus 'mercy'. Indeed it keeps invoking church law against the notion that the 'church of mercy' might exist and make decisions according to mercy.
Oh, dear Lord ... and thank you that Francis is your representative in Rome!
The greatest challenge for all churches in the 21st century is to steadfastly proclaim the gospel of mercy and to constantly pray to merciful Jesus for guidance as to what that means. Only in this way will we maintain our distinctive message in the face of competing messages about who God is and what God wants of us.
We might even be merciful to those who make bad jokes!
Update: in support of a comment below about Corbynistas in the CofE, a correspondent has supplied the following:
Broadbent and Frazer:
See also links in Sizer's Wikipedia entry
There was quite a heavy Israeli campaign against Corbyn's election, quite apart from his Iran/Hezbollah associations - Google for links.