The “good” bishop is here photographed in full regalia with, apparently, his second mistress.
Bishop Conry has given an interview to a semi-porn rag for gossiping housewives called “Daily Mail”. Visit the site at your peril.
The interview allows us to give a long, hard look at your typical “spirit of V II” priest.
Caution: strong smell of brimstone.
First, the photo; reproduced above, and obviously published with his and his mistress consent, or acceptance: a priest and his mistress walk about. He is in plain clothes, though he is obviously still a priest; she wears a cross and what the wife of an Anglican bishop would consider a not entirely appropriate skirt; but hey, this is one who sleeps with bishops, so appropriateness isn’t really a concern.
They are, apparently, carrying groceries. You couldn’t make this up.
Then, the text (I do not have the stomach to watch at the video):
“It has been difficult keeping the secret,’ he told the Mail. ‘In some respects I feel very calm. It is liberating. It is a relief. I have been very careful not to make sexual morality a priority [in his sermons]. I don’t think it got in the way of my job, I don’t think people would say I have been a bad bishop. But I can’t defend myself. I did wrong. Full stop.’ ”
He is so centred on his feelings. “I feel calm now. Thank God the cat is out of the sack. It has been difficult, you know”.
What a relief. What a liberation.
Leaving the (last) woman? No trace.
Hey, there is even clear evidence of a second tryst. Go get ’em, boy..
What follows, is a series of bombs.
“I have been very careful not to make sexual morality a priority [in his sermons].”
First bomb. He is fine because, not following rules of Christian behaviour, he did not ask others to do the same.
“I don’t think it got in the way of my job”
Second bomb. This man has never heard of Holy Orders. To him, being a bishop is a social work job.
Bishop has a mistress (and a married one, to boot; not a young sluttish thing who wanted a forbidden fruit). Bishop walks every day on his vows and a marriage. But hey, he doesn’t think it gets in the way of his job.
“I don’t think people would say I have been a bad bishop”.
Third bomb. What he did to his office does not make of him a bad bishop. Polls do. I think if polled, his sheep would say he has not been a bad bishop . All fine, then, this means he wasn’t.
At the end of this, the bishop says “but I can’t defend myself”.
Read it again: after defending himself for all the wrong reasons, he says he can’t defend himself. A true son of Vatican II.
The article is a bit confused. It is difficult to say whether the first mistress let the device explode because Conry now sleeps with the second, or the second (a mother of two; I pity the children) has him so much in her thrall she has decided the affair had to be made public, as private letters signed from him would indicate; or if the husband of the second mistress (a poor pathetic horned man, and pathetic wimp) did so in the hope of extracting some hush money from the Church. This is, in fact, the only fuuny angle of this sad story: horned wimp is the husband, but he thinks the Church hierarchy should have warned him. because what does he know where his wife sleeps and what she does, he is only the husband.
I hope the horned wimp does not get at the money of Catholics in this way. It would be another scandal.
Coming back to Bishop Casanova of Arundel & Brighton, what we clearly see is a man who has no qualm whatsoever in continuing his tryst, does not give a damn for what anyone thinks, pays some lip service just for the sake of British rules of behaviour, and has no clue whatsoever of why he ever was a priest, and a bishop, rather than work for Amnesty International.
This is also the arrogance of a man very sure of his connections, and obviously having many ways open in front of him: journalism, social work, (cough) the “Tablet”, positions in the vast world of government-fed charity world. Things like that. This is one who reminds one of Father Corapi after the fall; but he is even worse, because Corapi wasn’t a bishop.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is V II as it walks, gives interviews, buys groceries, and does other things with other people’s wives (however stupid the husbands) that are better not mentioned.
Then there is the detail of no sex with the other mistress, apparently. or perhaps it was a third. Not entirely clear. Seriously, one is reminded of Bill Clinton.
“Popularity, approval, the trust of the sheep will give him security and, he hopes, perhaps some kind of protection. But certainly, there is the internal absolution. “I may not be the best priest or bishop, but look how I fight for social justice!”, or the like. At this point, the mistress or the whiskey, the gambling or the call boys, become a secondary fault, a kind of venial sin compared to the Great Work Of (put here his favourite cause).”
This was before I read this latest interviews.
But actually, it would seem like the bish has read my blog post, and has decided to give the interview to make my point.
Pray for the bishop. He does seem beyond prayer, but actually no one ever is. The whoring mother will probably dump him one day, for another forbidden fruit.
A fornicating and adulterous bishop, sleeping with other people’s wives, and saying to the world what a fine chap he is.
He might, at some point, wake up. Woe to him if he doesn’t.