A comment posted recently on this website asserted that I am ‘a neo-con’, and I noticed this morning that a venerable diarist of my acquaintance has received a similar accusation (or possibly compliment, I really don’t know) from one of his own readers.
I am aware of this term being applied to politicians in the States and I’m roughly aware of what it means in that context, but I have until now been quite unfamiliar with it being used in relation to ecclesial affairs.
I suspect it may be a derogatory term attached by certain ‘traditionalists’ to what they find to be a most annoying group of people – those who aren’t ‘traditionalists’ but don’t believe Cherie Blair would make a great Archbishop of Westminster. But I really don’t know.
Moreover, we at the RCC being cricket fans, of course, are all in favour of unfamiliar and unlikely sounding bits of jargon with which we can confuse people, and so I wonder if anyone out there has any idea of what this phrase might mean, in the ecclesiastic context?