THIS ONE GOES OUT TO ALL YOU IRONY FANS

Friday, January 15th, 2010 | Uncategorized

Roman Catholic(if you close one eye, look at it out of the corner of your other eye, squint and turn your head sideways) journal America awards an award to a prominent non-Catholic:

The Editorial Board of America is proud to announce that The Most Reverend Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, is the 2009 recipient of the Campion Award. The award is given on a regular basis to a noted Christian person of letters. It is named after St. Edmund Campion, S.J., who is patron of America’s communications ministry. Last year’s award was bestowed posthumously on Jon Hassler, the novelist, who chronicled life in the upper Midwest.

A martyr of the English Reformation, Edmund Campion stirred Elizabethan England with his daring missionary efforts and the great power of his pen. His “Brag” in defense of his faith has become a classic. He was known for his faith, chivalry and unusual literary talent—qualities shared by the Archbishop Williams. Both the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of England remember Campion in their calendars of saints.

That’s not quite accurate.  The baked tilapia in a white wine sauce enthusiasts(yeah, I know it’s traditionally been mackeral snappers, idiots, so SHUT UP!!  It’s about damned time that we brought our pejoratives into the 21st Century) have a calendar of saints.  The Anglicans have an honor roll.

Catholic saints actually do stuff now and then.  Anglican “saints” are just people, Anglican or not and sometimes Christian or not, that Anglicans happen to admire.

In other news, the Editorial Board of the Midwest Conservative Journal(which would be me and an MCJ teddy bear I bought once) are pleased to announce that this year’s winner of the Ridley-Latimer Prize is Pope Benedict XVI.  This prize is given to that Christian who most respects Anglican Christianity even while those represent that tradition relieve themselves all over it.

Tomorrow night, I’m going to one of Mark Shea’s tent revival shows.  If you’ve never been to one, you really should go.  Nothing in the world  beats the ending when Mark leads everyone in that stirring old anti-Calvinist hymn “When the Roll is Called Up Yonder, I May or May Not Be There.”

But for now, I am, in honor of my Roman Catholic brothers and sisters, going to make myself a Bloody Elizabeth.  Two thirds cranberry juice drink of your choice, one third vodka, a squirt of lemon juice and a cherry.

Props to FW Ken who’s seriously in danger of another Episcopal excommunication even though that will push his free agent value off the charts when he enters the market next spring.  Just sayin’, man.

30 Comments to THIS ONE GOES OUT TO ALL YOU IRONY FANS

Janjan
January 15, 2010

I think you mean Cranmerberry juice….

PNP, OP
January 16, 2010

America Magazine ceased being a Catholic publication sometime in the early 70′s.

Now, it’s the press organ of AmChurch. Not unlike the National Catholic Reporter.

Fr. Philip, OP

Daniel Muller
January 16, 2010

I was going to say “HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!” but out of respect for St. Edmund Campion, it seems … inappropriate. Yes, that is the word.

Mark P. Shea
January 16, 2010

Don’t forget the children’s ministry at Mark Shea Calvinist Ministries, Inc., where we teach the kids such classics as “Jesus Loves Some Little Children” and “Jesus Loves Me, This I Think”

Mark Stephen
January 16, 2010

Well, I could give Archbishop Williams the benefit of the doubt about chivalry and literary talent, but there’s NO way that he shares the faith of Edmund Campion, because, you see, Edmund was a Christian.

Maureen
January 16, 2010

Thank you for the drink idea. It looks like I might need it!

Bloody Elizabeth… can’t wait to order a Bloody Bess at some bar now….

Don Janousek
January 16, 2010

A gaggle of apostate Jesuits with a considerable homosexual component use their cute little no-longer-Catholic magazine to give an award to Mr. Williams. Yawn! Now the MCJ award to Benedict XVI – THAT’S news! Also, for those of you seeking to save money in these hard times, the pages of America magazine are almost as soft as Charmin tissue and are only useful for the same purpose as Charmin.

Stephen
January 16, 2010

Reporter: “How do you measure scholarship?”
America Editor: “By weight.”

Apologies to Caddyshack, but having read some of Rowan’s pieces, the only way it could be considered quality scholarship is is “quality” = volume.

Smurf Breath
January 16, 2010

Do you need to create an account on xtranormal.com before you can make movies? I tried creating one twice but haven’t received the confirmation yet. When I try to make the movie it times out.

I wanted to do an interview with the Archbishop in which he accepts the award and says, “You like me, you really like me”

:(

Fuinseoig
January 16, 2010

Ah, yes. I was waiting for you to comment on this one, Christopher.

The notion of an Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury being awarded an honour named after St. Edmund Campion was only exceeded in the amount of glee it produced in me by the revelation that the Anglicans also honour him in the Calendar of the Saints.

Yes. I see. The veneration of a martyr/traitor (depending on which side of the fence you’re on), who was executed in the reign of the foundress of the Anglican church as an enemy of the state, a rebel against the legal government, a sedition monger and a danger to society, by that same church in later times makes perfect sense.

I’m sure some day we’ll reciprocate by adding Sir Francis Walsingham to the Calendar.

;-)

Minuteman
January 16, 2010

Bloody Betty

Floridian
January 16, 2010

Kinda reminds me of Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize and honorary doctorate from Notre Dame.

Floridian
January 16, 2010

“…the only way it could be considered quality scholarship is is “quality” = volume.”

There’s the award for Obfuscation, Obtuseness and Opacity. Maybe even RC scholars cannot make heads or tails of Rowan’s emissions either.

[...] Hattip to Midwest Conservative Journal.  The latest in my on-going series on the follies of some modern Jesuits.  Proving yet again that they have the charism of being impervious to irony, the editorial board of America magazine announced that they were awarding the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, the Campion Award.  Considering the fact that Saint Edmund Campion, SJ, was martyred for his efforts to give spiritual succor to Catholics unwilling to desert the Faith for the Church of England, one might think that even the denizens of the editorial board of America might regard this as a trifle odd.  However, it actually makes sense when you think about it.  First, it allows them to take a backhanded slap at the Anglican initiative of the Pope, and, second, what the Church of England has morphed into, a left wing pressure group with prayers, is frankly what America has been championing for years in the Catholic Church.  Their hopes have been crushed, but they can by this award salute Rowan Williams, and give another gesture to the Pope. [...]

FW Ken
January 16, 2010

Reporter: “How do you measure scholarship?”
America Editor: “By weight.”

In that case, I should be getting tenure momentarily.

Heck, there may be a Nobel prize in the works, although I did buy a exercise bike today that could knock me out of that weight category. (We live in hope)

FW Ken
January 16, 2010

Hope you got a Schwinn Air Dyne. Upper and lower body at the same time…air resistance. Awesome…but get a gel seat cover.

Floridian
January 16, 2010

Ooops, I got disconbobulated and put FW Ken in the name box.

I meant to say:

FW Ken,
Hope you got a Schwinn Air Dyne. Upper and lower body at the same time…air resistance. Awesome…but get a gel seat cover.

Bill (not IB)
January 16, 2010

The only award that should be headed ++Williams way is the “Garish Garter of the Bewildered Yellowbacked Ostrich”, which is given out every year by the “Neville Chamberlain Society for Lasting Peace”. It honours the individual who has done the most to promote a harmful, faux state of “peace” between parties whose irreconcilable differences have caused them to break their bonds of affection with one another……….

J.M. Heinrichs
January 16, 2010
FW Ken
January 16, 2010

No, Floridian, just something from Sears. I was shopping for some new workout shoes, it hit me that a bike at the house would get more use than suit up and going to the gym, so I took what I could get.

But now I’m second guessing myself. Gee… thankx. :-)

Denise
January 17, 2010

For those who seek an alternative to the mostly drek that fills the pages of America magazine, may I suggest The New Jesuit Review. Clearly there are still faithful Jesuits. The tide is turning. However, Jesuits are very much like the little girl in the nursery rhyme: When they are good, they are very, very good, and when they are bad they are horrid. Ad maiorem Dei gloriam

Daniel Muller
January 17, 2010

Rowan F.X. Williams, S.J.‘s cover has been blown!

Therese Z
January 17, 2010

Given the amount of it we ate in the 1960′s, back in the obligatory-meatless-Friday days, I always wondered why “mackerel snappers” wasn’t updated to “tuna fish snappers.”

Christopher Johnson
January 17, 2010

Come on now, Therese. You have to aim higher than that.

:-)

Fuinseoig
January 17, 2010

Oh, we had mackeral, right enough, when ever it was in season.

We also ate lots of cod, which in the finest traditions of Irish country cooking, was boiled in plain water and served with parsley sauce made from a packet, so that it came out something like eating cotton wool with pins in (whenever you got jabbed in the tongue with one of the bones).

;-)

Therese Z
January 17, 2010

Crap, now I actually have a taste for the second Holy Trinity of non-Italian Catholics: tuna fish salad, applesauce and Kraft mac’n'cheese.

You make your guardian angel cry if you skip any one of them.

FW Ken
January 17, 2010

Our youth group does a fish fry after Stations on Fridays in Lent, and use whitefish, mainly because that’s what one of our parishioners tends to catch in the Gulf. When that runs out we get fish tacos and chiliquiles (sp?), not to mention nachos.

But here’s another take on the America situation.

http://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/otr.cfm?id=5209

FW Ken
January 17, 2010

And in a related story, the Eastern Orthodox are getting on board the Rowan express:

http://tinyurl.com/yeyfspq

MargaretC
January 17, 2010

Don Janousek: I like your alternative use for America. What did Mad Magazine used to say? “Suitable for training puppies or wrapping fish…”

Peter C.
January 18, 2010

FW Ken, I have to agree with Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon’s response. I know and respect Fr. Chad Hatfield, the chancellor of St. Vladimir’s, but I would sure like to know what they were thinking when they decided to honor Rowan Williams.

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