When the first wave of Anglican
During one of my interviews, the
"Out with it", he invited, looking interested. (I was momentarily confused, as "out with it" coupled with that interested look had a much different meaning back in my Anglo-Catholic seminary days.)
So I explained. "Particularly when I'm in a big, bustling crowd, I look at all those faces, all apparently with their own preoccupations, everybody pushing everybody else, and I get Big Doubts. I wonder if it really can be true that God has an individual and salvific and interlocking plan for each and every one of them. I know, intellectually, that He does ... but .... well ..... particularly in the London rush hour ......"
"No no no", he replied, perhaps a trifle impatiently. All interest had now faded from his face. "I meant Sex".
It became clear that the process of 'evaluation' had little interest in grilling us to check that we were not closet Monothelites, or a bit dodgy on the question of Usury, but a great concern about our complete conformity to the Church's official teaching on all matters sexual. (Drink the red, do the black, or in extremis, an Asian, as Faddah Zed said.)
But I have been puzzling, during the last fortnight or so, as to why it was deemed so important to check that Ordinariate clergy are 101% orthodox on all questions sexual, while, apparently, Out There some bishops and even cardinals may not be quite so sound. (Do you think they gave Kieran Conry a Psychometrical? Keith O'Brian? Have all the Synod Fathers had one?) (The Synod Fathers didn't come in through the back door with their wives, pensions and BOYFRIENDS, so there was no need. Nor do the Synod Fathers loudly and frequently via blogs, books and paid speaking engagements, [which usually include fully paid airfare] tout their long suffering self righteousness, but that is another issue altogether now ain't it?)
I never did get an answer to my problem about the London rush hour. It is still with me. (And always will be. Some people have issues. Other have entire life time subscriptions.)