The Unlikeliest Plug of All

The RCC is rightly proud of how far it’s come since its inception last summer, having attracted over 12,000 unique visitors and numerous recommendations from ‘blogs’ and websites across the spectrum of the Anglophone Catholic World. Our esteemed captain, Mr EF Condon V, has even been interviewed by no less an organ than the Catholic Herald of London.

None of this, however, could really prepare us for the surprise of being ‘namechecked’ by none other than that great enemy of just about all things Recusant (or otherwise halfway decent), the Champagne Socialists Daily Intelligencer (incorporating the Bleeding Heart Liberal’s Gazette and the Daily Trot), Otherwise known as the Manchester Guardian.

The occasion for this appearance, in Mr Hugh Muir’s diary column of December 22 last, is the republication of His Eminence the Archbishop of Sydney’s recent comments on the competition between the English and Australian Cricket teams, and the moderate, conciliatory reply offerred by our own Skipper in his Herald interview. Reflecting on the regrettable outcome of the tournament, Mr Muir observed:

Now that the battle is lost we turn to theologians to bring love where there is hatred, peace where there is discord. Cardinal George Pell of Sydney tells the Australian Sunday Telegraph that “you should never kick a man when he is down”, although with the England team one must consider – metaphorically – whether “he looks like getting back up”. Prior to the final test the cardinal, who favours a muscular form of theology, also warned against giving “a mug a break”. In the Catholic Herald, Eddie Condon, captain of the London-based Recusant Cricket Club – which fuses Catholicism with cricket – responds in kind, claiming Australia has the “raging inferiority complex of a country which is still, in theory, a colony”. By comparison the test cricketers were positively graceful.

Until we appear in the Supporters Magazine of Glasgow Rangers Football Club, I’m claiming that as the most satisfyingly unlikely mention ever.

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5 thoughts on “The Unlikeliest Plug of All

  1. Good grief! That is quite something. It is to be hoped, however, that the Captain’s new friends in the Blues’ HQ do not come across this particular nugget…

  2. I’m sure you were misqouted Capt, and that there is no feeling of sour grapes. After all, England DID beat NZ in one of the one day internationals. Yesterday was Australia Day, and in this correspondent’s house, a convivial group gathered to enjoy some good local grape and hop produce with the intention of watching a decent ODI. The group was most disconcerted that it was all over by early evening after England’s collapse, and consequently was forced to watch the men’s semi final in the Australian Open. Sadly Fernando Gonzalez demolished Tommy Haas, so the group was finally forced to resort to the dying art of conversation. There was unananimnous agreement that 1) Australia needs a Labour Government and 2) needs to become a Republic.

    Special mention was made of the fact that Andrew Flintoff looks like he just wants to go home.

  3. I say, steady on old boy! If the desire to watch a decent and entertaining opposition that has a real chance of winning constitutes bad sportsmanship, then one can only plead guilty as charged…….

  4. When Cardinal Pell transferred to Sydney from Melbourne, there was quite a bit of apprehension amongst his new flock. This was due to his reputation as a very conservative doctrinaire. However, he has demonstrated in the last couple of weeks that he does have a typically Australian sense of humour, ref his remarks about an England cricketer.

    There’s nothing the average Australian likes better than a good larrikin bit of tongue-in-cheek humour at someone else’s expense -usually someone from Melbourne if you’re a Sydneysider – but failing that at the expense of a Englishman or a New Zealander. You sometimes see T-shirts bearing the slogan “I support Australia and any team playing NZ”. It’s not dissimilar to English humour directed at the Irish, for example.

    Having said that, any notion that Australians do not like the English is completely false, which will be confirmed by most if not all of the 300,000+ British citizens living here.

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