In the first few hours of yesterday I found myself confronted with a series of events all linked by a common thread: the creation and use of rules. This links to a conversation I am following that has been taking place amongst groups of Independents forming both in the UK and Belgium.
Firstly, I read about ‘The war against Pope Francis’ whose traditionalist opponents are looking to remove him via the only means they can – proof of heresy. This rests on a footnote in an article he wrote suggesting that it might be possible to give communion to some divorced or remarried couples. This has been ruled out by previous Popes, and what a previous Pope says is the word of God, so it would be heresy to challenge that ruling…. If he has done this he can be removed.
Secondly, the morning news included the Australian government losing its majority after the Deputy Prime Minister was found to have dual nationality which is against the rules. Seven MPs were found to contravene this rule – dual nationality had been conferred to them at birth or by descent and they claimed not to know about it.