Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me.
As Anne Roche Muggeridge (of blessed memory) used to say, "With shepherds like these, who needs wolves?"
What Hilary? You don't say the Nicene creed? Guffaw guffaw.
Mrs. Muggeridge is still with us.
England's Hapless Bench: Making Americans Feel Better About Their Bishops Since 1965.For me, the worst bit was his denigration of regular confession--way to chase people away from the Sacrament, vicar.
His Excellency may be correct that hell is not mentioned over much in the New Testament. Then again, neither is hireling, but I seem to recall a verse containing it that His Excellency may want to meditate upon... Oh sorry, was that not nice?
This was the moment for me:Did the bishop think any of the suggested liturgy was a bit silly? "Well, it might be. But it's youth. We're not going to switch light bulbs on in young people's heads, not at a single event. But it was felt some of that would be appropriate for young people." Leaving water in the kettle? "For young people that's an issue - energy saving."SO is contracting such high rates of sexually transmitted diseases, your Grace, that the government is now suppressing the figures. We also have an increasing number of girls under the age of 14 having abortions and an entire generation who do not know what sin or salvation is.If I were you, sir, I'd carry on talking about energy saving lightbulbs, because, frankly after this patronizing drivel, If you told me what the time was, I'd check my watch.Happily the Pope has caught wind of this and has a fairly robust reply this week about selective Moral teaching. Save the rain forests or save the souls ? I know which group is in more danger.
A.R. Muggeridge is still alive? Oh, good. I had it in my head she had died. Perhaps I had confused her with her husband?
His Eminence is a silly twat. Anyone who thinks "young people" really care about "leaving water in their kettles" (huh?) and not at all about personal salvation is simply an idiot. Progressives tend to transfer their own lame desires and thoughts onto "modern youth" - they've been doing it for at least a century, and it is really very stale.His eminence has obviously never been to World Youth Day, a Regnum Christi Retreat, or my current home, the Fraternity Eucharistein. Or any of a thousand other places where young people who have been catechized and exposed to the Catholic Faith and its traditions respond with enthusiasm and fervor. I just read that St. Nicholas put his fist into Arius' gob at Nicea. Reading this interview I thought, well at least Arius believed passionately in something. This guy is so insipid and limp that he's hardly worth smacking. All you would need to do is light a censor in his presence, and he'd probably faint from the scent. Like I say, what a silly twat.
Adam,John Muggeridge, of blessed memory, died November 25, 2005. http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2005/dec/05120104.html
I'll thank you to mind your language, Fitz.
Excuse me, Mdm. White.My apologies for being rude.But in the spirit of St. Jerome, who was often as rude, even occasionally as vulgar, in his insults to his heretical enemies, or in that of St. Athanasius, who organized groups of Orthodox Catholic hooligans to take to the streets of Alexandria against the Arians, and crack some skulls, I say a little brutality is sometimes apropos. Call a thing what it is.I only regret that I've caused you, my host, offense.As far as I'm concerned, my choice of words regarding his Eminence are quite apt. See, I'm not nice at all.
Mr. Fitzhamilton, you are banned on the grounds of presumption.
But I so liked Mr Fitzhamilton. He reminded me of the Evil Traditionalists in their heydey.Presumption is such a little thing in the gravity of the present.He reminds me of incipent, passionate youth. He has fervor.Where has ours gone?I think you should marry him.
Thank you, Mary, for the suggestion. It will be given all due consideration.
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