Subject: “WILL NO ONE RID ME OF THIS TURBULENT PRIEST”
The words are attributed to King Henry II of England. Probably wrongly, for he generally spoke French and English was the language of the lower orders. (In those days in Ireland, Irish was spoken by the nobility, and both that language and Latin were written by the priests.)
Anyhow those were other days in another country when the King’s word was law. Some of the King’s cronies jumped on their horses and galloped to
Canterbury and murdered the Archbishop who had incurred his wrath. Those were days of BIG BOYS’ RULES. And the King had incurred the wrath of a still BIGGER BOY – OLD REDSOCKS HIMSELF -THE BISHOP OF ROME.
The Bishop of Rome put England under an Interdict, a virtual Excommunication of the whole population, and King Henry ll for his penance, was publicly flogged by monks. And to think of all the sins I was absolved of for three Our Fathers and three Hail Marys!
Of course the English monarch’s powers have been trimmed by Parliament, and it is inconceivable that the gracious Queen would have goons at her disposal to publicly “wack” an Archbishop, like a scene from “Goodfellas.” The direction of such goons has long since passed to Parliament, where a hint from a minister might motivate a posse of goons to waste a solicitor or two.
I’m reminded of all this by the British government’s determination to shield servicemen who have severely and terminally abused prisoners. Shielding those servicemen from investigation and prosecution and appropriate consequences.
The British government has categorised lawyers who uphold the law as “ambulance chasing” shysters. Those lawyers expect no favours from the government’s agents.
One lawyer, who served as a legal officer with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the British Army in IRAQ, attempted to see that international law and Queen’s Regulations were upheld. On leaving the Army he was ordained a priest of the Church of England. He has continued his campaign to see that the truth about the abuses are investigated, the truth revealed.
His name is Lieutenant Colonel the Reverend Nicholas Mercer. He was interviewed on television recently and politely but firmly wiped the floor with Tory MP Tom Tugendhat who was peddling the Government’s contemptible line.
A gallant officer and Christian gentleman, the Reverend Nicholas Mercer. May God preserve him!