Saturday, November 24, 2007

Off to Rome!

Dang early on Monday morning, 38 folks and myself take off for the Holy City. I will be back on December 4.

While in the Holy City, I will do the usual plus the following: Pope watching, buy a new cassock and a high quality saturno, and quest for the geek cleric's holy grail, the fabled propeller zuccetto.

(I may get in a couple more posts before I leave.)

(Zuccetto and propeller spin to Vincenzo for the picture.)

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Another One Bites The Dust

Congratulations to Karen of Gem of the Ocean on her engagement.

Urgent Prayer Request

Please include in your prayers my friend David Dawson. (He is the husband of Stephanie and the father of my senior godson Matthew.) Dave is a contractor in Iraq. He fell in his shower, was knocked out, and now has burns over 60% of his body. He is being evacuated back to the states in critical, but stable condition.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Woo Hoo! 100,000 hits.

This morning, this blog received its 100,000th hit. Wow, there are certainly a lot of bored people in the world.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Idiot Sightings

(Courtesy of my DRE)

IDIOT SIGHTING: Hubby and I had to have the garage door repaired. The Sears repairman told us that one of our problems was that we did not have a large enough motor on the opener. I thought for a minute, and said that we had the largest one Sears made at that time, a 1/2 horsepower. He shook his head and said, "Lady, you need a 1/4 horsepower." I responded that 1/2 was larger than 1/4. He said, "NO, it's not. Four is larger than two."
We haven't used Sears repair since....

IDIOT SIGHTING: I live in a semi rural area. We recently had a new neighbor call the local township administrative office to request the removal of the Deer Crossing sign on our road. The reason: "Too many deer are being hit by cars out here! I don't think this is a good place for them to be crossing anymore."
From Kingman, KS...

IDIOTS IN FOOD SERVICE: My daughter went to a local Taco Bell and ordered a taco. She asked the person behind the counter for "minimal lettuce." He said he was sorry, but they only had iceberg.
From Kansas City !...

IDIOT SIGHTING: I was at the airport, checking in at the gate when an airport employee asked, "Has anyone put anything in your baggage without your knowledge?" To which I replied, "If it was without my knowledge, how would I know?" He smiled knowingly and nodded, "That's why we ask."
Happened in Birmingham, Ala....

IDIOT SIGHTING: The stoplight on the corner buzzes when its safe to cross the street. I was crossing with a co-worker of mine. She asked if I knew what the buzzer was for. I explained that it signals blind people when the light is red. Appalled, she responded,"What on earth are blind people doing driving?!"
She was a probation officer in Wichita, KS...

IDIOT SIGHTING: At a good-bye luncheon for a dear coworker: She was leaving the company due to"downsizing. " Our manager commented cheerfully,"This is fun. We should do this more often." Not another word was spoken. We all just looked at each other with that deer-in-the- headlights stare.
This was at Texas Instruments.

IDIOT SIGHTING: When my husband and I arrived at an automobile dealership to pick up our car, we were told the keys had been locked in it. We went to the service department and found a mechanic working feverishly to unlock the driver's side door. As I watched from the passenger side, I instinctively tried the door handle and discovered that it was unlocked. "Hey," I announced to the technician, "Its open!" His reply, "I know -I already got that side."
This was at the Ford dealership in Canton, Mississippi !..

IDIOT SIGHTING: I work with an individual who plugged her power strip back into itself, and for the sake of her own life, couldn't understand why her system would not turn on.
A deputy with the Dallas County Sheriffs office.

Snakes and Bunnies on a Plane

(Warning bad language.)

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Pet Peeve: Junior Klansman Suits

While well in accord with liturgical laws, altar servers in albs strike me the wrong way. A plain alb looks, well ugly. I am not particularly fond of albs and stoles. If one is just going to wear a stole at something other than a con-celebrated Mass, then I think a cassock and surplice looks much better. Servers look much better in cassock and surplice also.
(Coming soon: Greeting people at the beginning of Mass and blue as a liturgical color.)

My rectory is bugged!

If it weren't, then why else would the phone/doorbell always ring when I am eating or in the restroom? (And NO I am not always either eating or in the restroom.)

Friday, November 09, 2007

Backbone in Baltimore

From CWN

Baltimore priest removed for liturgical abuse

Baltimore, Nov. 9, 2007 ( - Baltimore's Archbishop Edwin O'Brien has removed a pastor who invited a female Episcopalian priest to join him in celebrating a funeral Mass, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Father Martin was removed from his parish assignment at a meeting with archdiocesan officials on November 8. The priest, whose unorthodox liturgical practices had prompted several prior complaints, said that the Episcopalian priest had not participated in the Consecration during the October funeral liturgy, although he had invited her to read the Gospel. There were conflicting reports on whether or not the Episcopalian cleric had received Communion; Father Martin said that he could not recall administering the Eucharist to her.

On the orders of the archbishop, Father Martin resigned his parish assignment and issued an apology for "bringing scandal to the Church," the Sun reports. A spokesman for the Baltimore archdiocese explained that the pastor's removal was called for because "he has repeatedly violated Church teaching."

Father Martin was serving as pastor of three different parishes in south Baltimore, where he had worked for 5 years. His removal comes just 6 weeks after Archbishop O'Brien was installed as head of the Baltimore archdiocese.

Happy to see this action being taken. Sorry that it was necessary

Monday, November 05, 2007

Going over the wall

Every profession has it euphemisms. The Catholic clergy is no exception. For example, if a priest is sent away for treatment for some issue psychological or otherwise, one might hear that he has "gone to Camp Snoopy." (These euphemisms are by no mean universal.) If a priest has left the priesthood, usually to get married, he has "gone over the wall."

Last week, it was announced that a well-known TV priest had "gone over the wall." In a letter he released, he said that he had developed a relationship with a widow that he was trying to help and as a consequence he was going, "to take some time off to prayerfully and honestly discern my future." Whenever I hear something like this, my thoughts and feeling run to disappointment, anger, sadness, and surprise. I do not propose to speak about this particular and his particular situation, but rather I want to reflect on the general issue.

First, whenever I hear of a priest "going over the wall", what comes to mind is a man leaving his wife for another woman. In my view, this is a cowardly and selfish thing to do. Certainly, men have left the priesthood because they are psychologically unsuited and for these I have some sympathy especially if they wait to be laicized and then are married. But to leave because they have found 'love' is something entirely different. When one is ordained one makes an informed choice. Perhaps at one time men were rushed into the clergy, this doesn't happen any more. And this choice is for life, not just until you meet a real nice gal. (Though in my experience, most guys who have left to marry have ended up marrying 'devil women'.) Most of the men who do this are like the guys who trade in their wife of 20 years for the new, unwrinkled and unsagging model. Acts of selfishness and sin (or temptation to sin) need to be recognized for what they are.

Second, I have precious little patience for the apologists who say something to the effect of, "well, the priesthood is a lonely life." A priest is no more or less subject to loneliness persons in other states of life. You are only lonely if you allow yourself to be. The solution to loneliness is healthy, prudent, holy friendships, not sex or romantic love. When I hear a priest opine that marriage is the solution to problems, it always occurs to me that he is not hearing enough confessions. Don't get me wrong marriage is a good and holy thing, but it is also a life sharing in the Cross of Christ as is the priesthood.

Third, even if it makes things 'better' for the priest, it won't for other people. People especially spiritual sons and daughters of the priest will feel betrayed and they have a right to. The priest's life is not his own. He does not live it for himself and his personal fulfillment, but for the salvation of souls. The departure of even a bad priest will effect in a negative way those he has ministered to.

Fourth, a word about discernment. The time for discernment is before ordination, not after.

Best last name of a priest EVER!

I used to think it was HOPE. (As in Fr. Don Hope, a friend from the diocese.) But this week, a former parishioner, now living in that little slice of heaven known as the Diocese of Lincoln, stopped by to visit and told me her current pastor's name. Are you ready???

It is FATHER PANZER! (Need I say more.)