Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Worst Liturgical Music Ever?

A tip of the gimme cap to The Curt Jester for pointing this out:


We gave up Tantum Ergo Sacramentum for THIS??? What in heaven's name are people thinking of? It's like giving up Dostoevsky for South Park!

I guess I'm just out of date; maybe I should get on the bandwagon.

Shaboom shaboom
Kyrie Eleison
Doowap dowap
Christe Eleison
Shaboom shaboom
Kyrie Eleison

Gloria wa wa wa
In excelsis Deo wo wo wo...

I hope the Russians get their act together; the West is finished.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

But Can You Rub His Tummy?

From the Stand Firm website:
When stories like this come along, it's tempting to remind everyone of similar people and events that have turned the Episcopal Church into a laughingstock for reasons completely unrelated to homosexuality, if only so we can have them in one convenient place the next time something happens.

There's the pagan seminar in the Diocese of Eastern Michigan, Bill Melnyk the Druid priest, Maury Johnston the gay Wiccan lay activist, whirling with the sufis in Seattle, the ridiculous labyrinth trend, the Hindu mass in Los Angeles... but there are so many more that listing them all every time something like this happens threatens to become a full-time job.

A year and half ago, The Rev. Ann Holmes Redding was inhibited by Rhode Island Bishop Geralyn Wolf for claiming to be both Muslim and Christian. Now the Diocese of Northern Michigan has announced that
its only nominee for bishop - The Rev. Kevin Thew Forrester - is also a Zen Buddhist. Not the kind who lived down the hall from you in your college dorm - no, Forrester has actually received Buddhist lay ordination.

Forrester will succeed the late Bishop James Kelsey, who in his diocesan convention address from 2004 mentioned Forrester's Buddhist ordination in a laundry list of diocesan happenings that could have easily come from a "Lake Wobegon" news break:
"Manuel Padilla received his Doctorate of Ministry from Seabury-Western Seminary. Anita Wingert got married! (to Hal Martin) Jane Cisluycis (our new Diocesan Operations Coordinator) graduated last spring from Northern Michigan University with a degree in Communications. Kevin Thew Forrester received Buddhist "lay ordination" - so now he's walking the path of Christianity and Zen Buddhism together"
And so it goes; The Episcopal Organization slides ever farther into shiny, happy, self-absorbed irrelevance. How can I possibly make any comment that would add to the event itself? No external mockery can quite live up to the standard of self-mockery.

If he gets elected, does he get to wear a saffron collar?

Monday, January 26, 2009

Culture of Death Watch

From Drudge this morning:

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi boldly defended a move to add birth control funding to the new economic "stimulus" package, claiming "contraception will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government."

Pelosi, the mother of 5 children and 6 grandchildren, who once said, "Nothing in my life will ever, ever compare to being a mom," seemed to imply babies are somehow a burden on the treasury. The revelation came during an exchange Sunday morning on
ABC's This Week.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Hundreds of millions of dollars to expand family planning services. How is that stimulus?

PELOSI: Well, the family planning services reduce cost. They reduce cost. The states are in terrible fiscal budget crises now and part of what we do for children's health, education and some of those elements are to help the states meet their financial needs. One of those - one of the initiatives you mentioned, the contraception, will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government.

Well, here is the sort of "change" we can expect over the next few years - the reduction of human beings to economic units. If we can't justify your cost, then we don't want you to be here. "Every child a wanted child" = "Every unwanted child a dead child." And yes, over the years I have come to see the Catholic wisdom in their approach to contraception. There are consequences that mark your soul, and you never see them until much, much later.