As if the mere existence of a giant styrofoam Jesus (aka big butter Jesus) wasn't bizarre enough, its being struck by lightning and bursting into flames in Joan of Arc fashion and subsequent reduction to a metal skeleton that would scare even Arnold Schwarzenegger's terminator is surely a contender for most bizarre and hilarious event of the year.
[Episcopal News Service -- Linthicum Heights,
When Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori preached and presided at a Eucharist June 13 at Southwark
Cathedral in London, she carried her mitre, or bishop's hat, rather
than wear it.
She did so in order to comply with a "statement" from Lambeth Palace,
the London home of Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, that said
"that I was not to wear a mitre at Southwark Cathedral," Jefferts Schori
told the Executive Council June 16 on the first day of its three-day
Jefferts Schori made her remarks to council during a "private
conversation" session attended by council members and church center
staff, and later told ENS it could report her remarks.
The Church of England ordains women to the diaconate and the
priesthood, but does not allow women to be bishops. Its General Synod is
due to consider legislation to change that policy.
In the week before her visit, the presiding bishop said, Lambeth
pressured her office to provide evidence of her ordination to each order
"This is apparently a requirement of one of their canons about the
ministry of clergy from overseas," she said.
The presiding bishop said both the ordination and mitre issues put
the Very Rev. Colin Slee, Southwark's dean, "in a very awkward
She called the requirements "nonsense" and said, "It is bizarre; it
is beyond bizarre."
Rowan Williams? We'd be better off with Rowan Atkinson.
And now the World Cup begins... and England get the "what stupid thing will happen to England at the World Cup this time" agony over early, with Robert Green's amateur botching of a routine tame shot on goal.
Fabio Capello has made some odd choices in putting the squad together and I'm still stunned that Darren Bent (of Sunderland, so I am a bit biased) got left out, especially seeing Emile Heskey waste a couple of good chances with awful finishing.
Just another day in Paradiso. All the updates have been going to facebook, so here's one for Typepad.
Quick skim of the last 2 weeks - pack for trip, fly to England (despite ash cloud and BA strike), prep for wedding, wedding, trip to London, day trip to Paris, more London, then Zurich, research project meeting, then drive to Lugano, which is where Mrs Paisley and I are right now. Sightseeing today, dinner with one of Bon's msft partners tonight then on to Venezia tomorrow.