But today is also the last day for the reception of written submissions on the type of provision which might be included by the Church in Wales' Bench of Bishops in its planned Code of Practice. If anyone concerned hasn't sent in a submission, now would be the time to do it by email. The details are here
Nor should we forget to pray for the bishops themselves in this process .... we know their inclinations and there will also be those who will lobby them mercilessly from a 'revisionist' direction to reduce any provision to a bare and unacceptable minimum.
Here is an eloquent video 'submission' made by the Parishes of St German with Saint Saviour in Cardiff - it makes its point very well indeed....
On the subject of endings, there's an interesting report here from a few weeks ago on Pope Francis' reflections on R.H. Benson's dystopian and apocalyptic novel Lord of the World : 'adolescent progressivism' is found in more places than one and, as someone famously said (or notoriously, depending on your point of view ) it is the enemy within we should fear the most and which is much more difficult to fight.
So, to sum up 2013 as regards current trends both in Church and State? La trahison des clercs ..... encore ....
"... If a conservative order is indeed to return, we ought to know the tradition which is attached to it, so that we may rebuild society; if it is not to be restored, still we ought to understand conservative ideas so that we may rake from the ashes what scorched fragments of civilisation escape the conflagration of unchecked will and appetite"
Russell Kirk: The Conservative Mind: from Burke to Eliot