I think if he really knew my private thought, he would blow a gasket, so I will refrain. My comments on his previous articles and some private correspondence about the TAC story are not a conscience-salving exercise. I sleep well at night, and I have absolutely no desire of ever being a Roman Catholic again – and I will risk my salvation to quote the usual expression.
Like many others, I did get “carried away” at the time and allowed myself to be “programmed” by the “cult”. I got into a lot of trouble for it on the blogosphere, and the addresses of the trolls are still on my moderation list. New addresses are moderated unless I let them through a first time. I am that much more cynical for my experience. I have moved on, but am concerned for the recording of history.
Well, Mr Bruce, I am used to the insults and I am immune. History will be written and not always in the way the RC convert-apologists would prefer. I owe nothing to the American bishops, but I think they do have mitigating circumstances for not becoming Roman Catholics. Whether or not they are good Anglican bishops is not for me to judge.
In fact, he translated any necessary flummery into French, just in case any Francophones couldn’t see the wink behind the whole thing.
Produce the documents. I translated nothing into French because the anticipated French-speaking people from Africa did not turn up to the meeting. All I did was to attend services, listen to speeches and take photos. Fine, Mr Bruce accuses me of bad faith. So be it. I just don’t care, because I do not recognise him to be my judge.
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One final note to this. I never do well in this kind of blog war, so I have resolved not to answer anything further coming from this man – who doubtlessly has his own demons to contend with. I have been in private correspondence with a couple of people who are concerned that the history of the TAC from October 2007 to the resignation of Archbishop Hepworth should be faithfully recorded. We need to strict with ourselves in making this a strictly academic exercise and not one of ruminating old bitterness and resentment.
I am willing to correspond by private e-mail on this subject, but it is now closed on my blog.