Celibacy or Chastity, It's All Semantics; THORNS FROM THE THISTLE

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Celibacy or Chastity, It's All Semantics; THORNS FROM THE THISTLE


Byline: ALASTAIR ROBERTSON

LADY DUNPARK, effervescent Irish-born widow of High Court judge Lord Dunpark, has had a lot of explaining to do recently. She is being constantly approached by knowing friends and rung up by relatives demanding to know what she has been up to with Bishop Roddy of Argyll and the Isles.

Her first name is Kathleen and her maiden name is Macfie. `It's a different spelling to the bishop's Kathleen Macphee,' she explains helpfully. She would rather have liked to have met Bishop Roddy and, as a Catholic herself, she is taking a very catholic view of the whole affair. `He's done a very good job converting all those Prostestants, and he's done much less wrong than any things those stockbrokers get up to.' I hesitate to enquire what stockbrokers get up to, apart from investing our savings with their pals at Morgan Grenfell, the troubled City fund managers. Perhaps that is what she meant. Whatever. She reminds me of the story of two Irishmen discussing the plight of the Bishop of Galway who found himself in similar straits. One wraps up the conversation with: `Well he's just a passionate father with a loose habit.' If you ask me it is high time Kathleen Dunpark was made Bishop of Argyll and Isles. Meanwhile, I was telephoned by my favourite pedant who started quoting from the Oxford Dictionary. `The word celibate merely means unmarried or one who has resolved not to marry. Just because someone decides not to get married does not mean they cannot indulge in . …

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