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.