St Mary Magdalene † St Bartholomew † St Alban †
Sunday 24th February 2013
This week, the Daily Mail got very indignant and condemned the author Hilary Mantel for what they describe as a venomous attack on the Duchess of Cambridge.
There was no doubt some florid language used by Mantel yet for the Daily Mail it is an attack by an embittered author against a perfect princess.
I am afraid not for the first time I feel the Daily Mail has misunderstood things. Mantel’s speech is actually a warning against putting the Duchess on a pedestal, for trying to make her into a secular saint.
The perfect princess. Now I am not a close personal friend of Royalty and therefore you will be unsurprised to hear that I have no idea on the Duchess’ views on anything.
Yet I am sure she has strong opinions on a whole variety of subjects. Mantel is surely right to point out that the Duchess has been advised to keep these views to herself.
Our Lenten journey is a journey into the realities of human existence the good and the bad.
We called by God just the way we are. Not as perfect people never putting a foot wrong. We come to God with ideas, passions and our full humanity.
I, like Mantel, have a concern that there is something deeply degrading about reducing the Duchess to less than she is, never allowing her to express her own thoughts.
For by putting her on that particular pedestal there is only one way to go.