For some very strange reason, I enjoy reading other people’s letters. I hasten to add that this enjoyment is usually restricted to reading the published exchanges of deceased rather than living correspondents. That being said, I have a particular enjoyment in reading the letters of bishops. I especially enjoy it when some unwitting innocent initiates the exchange with their episcopal addressee only to receive a witty and pointed letter in response.
This all is by way of background to explain why I found such great enjoyment and edification in the brief correspondence, published just before Christmas, between Mr Peter Furness, the Acting National Convenor of Australian Marriage Equality, and the Cardinal Archbishop of Sydney, George Pell. I think you, like me, will also find it educational.
(HT to the Warden. BTW, this might be the place to mention that Cooees seems to be going through one of its “moments”. We had noticed the excitement dying down over there, but are glad that Mr Harding will be continuing to share his wit and knowledge with us).