Sinners! Let's pray along with the royal couple!

Maybe it's just me, but I find it sort of amazing that The Daily Mail believes the following information is a hot news story. In fact, I would argue that it would have been a much more important story if the Prince and his Lady fair had elected not to recite a major-league prayer of repentance. Then again, judgmental editors down in New Zealand seem to agree it is a big deal that Prince Charles and the other woman are willing to say they are sinners. Truth is, Christian orthodoxy teaches that sin is sin and it would be a good thing for everyone to read themselves the spiritual riot act regularly (and sexual sins are not worse than others, while we are at it).

Maybe they don't have many sinners down under.

Back to the Mail story. If the point of the story is that Charles and Camilla made news by selecting a traditional prayer of repentance, then it would have been good for the editors to have reproduced one of the modernized, confession-lite prayers so that readers could compare the two texts.

Anyway, here is the top of the Mail story:

The Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles will acknowledge their "sins and wickedness" when their wedding is blessed by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Charles will pledge to be faithful to his new wife in the service of prayer and dedication. . . .

Charles and Camilla will say the prayer book confession which reads: "We acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness, Which we, from time to time, most grievously have committed, by thought, word and deed, Against thy Divine Majesty, Provoking most justly thy wrath and indignation against us."

And all the fallen creatures said, "Amen."

The newspaper notes, for those who have been living on Venus for a decade or two, that Charles committed adultery with Camilla, while still married to Diana, Princess of Wales.

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