6 thoughts on “Very Nearly Rev Jane Manfredi

  1. Supernatural inspired sermon waffle. Kindness is a universal human trait which has no religious basis.
    “I hope that through the patient and repetitious practice of prayer, regular worship and immersion in the scriptures I can develop and grow good fruit and so do the hard and uncomfortable work of being in fellowship with the people who are least like me or who I find most difficult.”
    I went to a funeral yesterday of a person who was kind, helpful and a pleasure to know. I hadn’t realised they went to church but just accepted them for who they were. It was their willingness to do things for others that will be remembered, not the amount of prayers they said.


  2. This is good. Like so many other Thoughts the words of this totally trendy female ordinand are a glorious non sequitur in favour of the perverse psycho babble that has replaced the genuine message of Jesus in the heads of clergy like her. Another Distort for the Duration.


  3. Not only supernatural waffle, but unpleasantly patronising into the bargain. Jane Manfredi seems to think it’s OK to presume to instruct an audience of grown-up people in what kindness means and how to exercise it; indeed, she went on to imply that it’s only people who believe in an IMF who can be truly kind. Cheek.

    At least she didn’t wheel out the Good Samaritan. But we did get St Paul telling his correspondents to love their neighbours, not that he did much of that himself. And where did he get that particular message? From listening to Jesus or one of his sidekicks, was it? No, like everything else in the Epistles, Paul received it in a ‘vision’ from the Lord. These days there’s a word for people who claim that God is telling them what to do through visions, and it’s not a very complimentary one.


    1. What is it in these babbling clergy that reminds me of the revamped version of the Good Samaritan that has him transformed into a jean clad social worker who faced with the wounded man on the road from Jerusalem to Jericho exclaims Gee I have to help those kids. Alas we are faced with such an attitude even from our divines and religious authorities and you cannot move lest you upset the flimsy edifice of ecumenical accommodation they inhabit instead of now empty churches and chapels.


  4. Claiming that kindness can be “costliest thing of all” is surely over-reaching.
    Was the Very Nearly Rev confusing kindness (“radical” or otherwise) with forgiveness which is tougher to grant?


    1. Yes indeed you have pinpointed a very common conflation both with the public and modern Christian’s. They are nearly always equating love of ones enemies with forgiveness of murders and assorted crimes which are all against the commandments and require reparation and punishment. I wont labour the point but in other places Christian’s are enjoined not to tolerate error and admonish sin and certainly not bid godspeed to heretics nor let their voices be heard in the house. Finally I would say that too much concern for forgiving the perpetrators of crime recalls the crowds preference for Barabbas the rioting thief when Jesus was sent to the cross. There was a Christian female minister who when asked about forgiving the Islamic bombers who had killed her daughter both gave up her priesthood and said clearly that she was unable to forgive them .We do not hear much of her again in similar circumstances rather we have to settle for constant assertions that these killings have nothing to do with the religion professed by the murderers and the prurient attitude which goes on probing whether Christian’s should have to forgive any outrage at all in the name of misunderstood and misapplied forgiveness. Do for one moment Christs words addressed to Scribes and Pharisees show kindness towards them and what about Christs words about the unforgivable sin against the Holy Spirit. When Pilate asked What is truth? No answer was given or at least he did not wait to be provided with one.


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