Wet, Woke archbishop completes the march through the institutions

Dec 22, 2019 by

by Melvin Tinker, The Conservative Woman:

IT was just over 50 years ago that the leader of the radical German Student Movement, Rudi Dutschke (aka ‘Red Rudi’) called for a ‘long march through the institutions’ to realise the ideal of what has become known as cultural Marxism. This was the brainchild of the Italian neo-Marxist Antonio Gramsci, whose key idea was that of ‘hegemony’, the process whereby a dominant class could exert and maintain its influence over people through non-coercive means, such as schools, the media and marketing. The aim is to get people to think and especially feel for themselves that certain values and practices, such as same-sex marriage, are ‘obvious’, ‘common sense’, ‘fair’ or even ‘natural’. Whereas Marx spoke of the ‘commanding heights’ of the economy, Gramsci’s vision was to undermine and eventually take over the ‘commanding heights of culture’. One of the main cultural heights in the UK is the Church of England. And it would seem that with the appointment of Stephen Cottrell as the 98th Archbishop of York, the long march in this institution is more or less over: the progressives have their man in place.

Cottrell combines the worst of two theological worlds, the authoritarianism of Catholicism and the subjectivism of Liberalism.

In his presidential address to the Diocesan Synod of Chelmsford in March 2017, he began by reminding his audience that he was their ‘Father in God’ and ‘all clergy and licensed ministers make an oath of canonical obedience to me, regardless of disagreement on some issues’. This is the Catholic authoritarian speaking, softening up his hearers to make them more pliable to receive the progressive views he then goes on to espouse regarding homosexuality and same-sex marriage. To the innocent onlooker this seems remarkably reminiscent of the kind of language used by spiritual abusers, whether intended or not.

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