Saturday, March 29, 2008
I would have had Mr Beers and certain trusted associates get into communication with wavering parishes and attempt to bribe and/or strongarm the waverers into loyalty. I would have accepted Bishop Schofield's resignation and treat it as a resignation from the Episcopal Church, not just from the House of Bishops(hereafter HoB). I would have a resolution of the HoB with the required numbers for an abandonment vote accepting the resignation. This is both a tad more gracious and preserves the 815's litigation positions.
I would allow free and open elections at the Diocesan Convention, including those for the SC and a search committee to find a permanent bishop. However, behind the scenes, I would make it clear that any candidates for the same had better be loyal to the Episcopal Church or else.
That is how a competent thuggish Presiding Bishop would have handled things.
From a power political perspective, the Presiding Bishop is making too many enemies and fighting on too many fronts. If you really want to make an example of someone 'pour encourager les autres', then it's best to pick and chose one target rather than pursue all of the offenders.
If it were really up to me, I would have said to Bishop Schofield "Good luck on your new venture, go in peace and go with God". And I would have gone about gathering the remaining Episcopalians into an adjacent diocese. There would have be no litigation. But what do I know? I have these odd notions about how people are much more important than property and how it's better to let the property go than to behave unlovingly.
Friday, March 28, 2008
I have to confess my first thought on hearing about it was: "Of course they're dangerous. You could put your eye out."
You’re St. Melito of Sardis!
You have a great love of history and liturgy. You’re attached to the traditions of the ancients, yet you recognize that the old world — great as it was — is passing away. You are loyal to the customs of your family, though you do not hesitate to call family members to account for their sins.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
This is the movie by Geert Wilders that was pulled by Youtube. It's an examination of extremist muslims in Europe generally and in the Netherlands specifically.
This is a slow download (the hosting site is getting slammed right now), but if I could highlight a single post on this blog and say "Look at this!" this would probably be the one.
[Addendum: If the link has gone bad again, here is a link that should work]
Youtube is currently very slow to 'share' videos. This is a test. I am posting it at 4:05pm EST via code embed.
Besides, it's U2 and an excellent version of one of their better songs.
Edit: Well it posted at 3:59 pm EST. Make of that what you will......
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
I can honestly say, I've never heard Beethoven like this before. That is both good and bad. The reviewers over at Amazon pretty much hit the nail on the head.
But, for me, the defining bit for Beethoven is the last movement of his last symphony. I've always never really cared for Karajan's version. He is technically perfect, but I've always thought it lacked something, somehow. Pletnev lacks nothing. He brings to the Ninth the soul, the fire, the passion that such a piece demands.
I'm exhausted, devastated, alive and at peace all at once. Give it a listen. You will either love it or hate it. I can guarantee you will not be indifferent.