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November 2012

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 01 November 2012

Rectory Ramblings


As I write, controversy is raging about Jimmy Saville: multiple allegations have arisen about his character and alleged behaviour with various women over his lifetime and it seems that he may have abused his position with young girls over his lifetime as a household name

There are various things that disturb me about this. I hold no brief for those who abuse the young of course; but it does seem to me that we are very two-faced about all of this. Young children often appear in highly sexualised clothing – and it’s not long ago that there was a storm about a High Street chain selling padded bras for 8 year olds! We can be hysterical about this whole issue – and yet act inappropriately ourselves, without giving our actions much thought

But the thing that disturbs me is the presumption of guilt in this case. One of the hallmarks of our legal system is that people charged with offences should be presumed innocent; it is up to the legal system to demonstrate guilt or otherwise. In this particular case Saville is dead and has no chance of defending himself! There have been far too many cases (including one I know personally) where allegations have been made, a long torment has followed for the accused – and then the case has crumbled in Court because there is no real evidence that any wrongdoing has taken place!

I have no idea whether or not this is true of the Jimmy Saville case of course – and I am desperately sorry for anyone that suffered abuse as a child - that goes without saying. But it is worth considering this: no-one is all black or white. Jimmy Saville undoubtedly did huge amounts of good in the world, particularly at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and for those with disabilities. If he did wrong then that must be proven before we besmirch his character – but we must also remember the good in him. I hope as Christians we can pray for anyone that has been abused – but that we can also remember the great good that was done - and pray for his Soul and for his family

It does seem to me that there is an unhealthy trend in society in general, though, that does not like to remember its noble souls: we have to dig up the dirt about them as well and demonstrate that they have feet of clay! Unhealthy – because we need to remember what is right and good in life! The old saying is true “If you look to the Stars you may reach the tree tops” – but if we constantly look to believe the worst of our leaders, what does that say about us? Are we trying to feel better about our ignoble actions by telling ourselves that “everybody does it”?

I hope very much that the Saville case can be cleared up, though frankly I doubt it. If there was not enough evidence whilst the man was alive, then how can there be now, all these years later? I fear the worst – that these will remain as allegations that cannot be substantiated or retracted

As we count down the days till the end of the year, the Christian Church will end November looking to Advent. Although it gets a bit lost in the madcap preparation for Christmas, perhaps we need to remember that this is essentially a penitential season – where we remember we are in the presence of the King of Kings – and that all our actions will be judged in a higher Court than any on earth. That is where the meaning of true nobility lies


Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8)



Ian Cardinal




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The day after All Saints day is dedicated to the memory of the faithful departed, and we shall be holding a benefice service at St Michael & St Wulfad’s Church at 7.30pm on November 2nd. All those who have had a family funeral during the last year are invited – and we ourselves are invited to remember loved ones by lighting a candle in this service. (there are sheets at the back of each Church for the names of loved ones to be read out during the prayers). Please come and support us in the vital Ministry



St Michael & St Wulfad is pleased to announce its Christmas Tree festival running from November 30th to December 2nd This year we hope to have more displays, more visitors and to raise funds for the Boiler appeal The culmination of the Festival will be the Christingle Service on Dec 2nd at 4pm, when our Mayor, Cllr Mike Shaw will choose the winner of the displays this year Do come and see!