Francis told them to "accept (congratulations) humbly" but be careful "the spirit of worldliness doesn't creep in" and hit you "like grappa on an empty stomach, leaving you disoriented and separating you from the cross of Christ."
I got to thinking, if only Benedict XVI had sent a letter like that to his formerly utterly-null-and-absolutely-void disgruntled ex-Anglican friends (changing grappa to gin of course).
Meet Just-a-Monsignor-but-looks-like-a-Bishop Keith Newton, Ordinary of the Anglican Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham:
|Just-a-Monsignor Newton: DAY-ON get-up|
|Just-a-Monsignor Newton: DAY-OFF outfit|
Assisted by Just-a-Monsignor-but-looks-like-a-Bishop Burnham:
|Just-a-Monsignor Burnham: DAY-ON get-up|
|Just-a-Monsignor Burnham: DAY-OFF outfit|
|Looks very much like my 7th grade nun, Sister M. BARBA-ra, if you get my drift|
I'll bet that even more infuriating was Francis telling Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, "I am grateful, too, for the sincere efforts the Church of England has made to understand the reasons that led my Predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, to provide a canonical structure able to respond to the wishes of those groups of Anglicans who have asked to be received collectively into the Catholic Church: I am sure this will enable the spiritual, liturgical and pastoral traditions that form the Anglican patrimony to be better known and appreciated in the Catholic world."
Oh we get the picture! Big time! Thanks, Benny!
Then there's this (ouch!)
So now Cunniwicke is sounding the alarm that there might be a Vatican III in the works! Oh no! Horrors!
If there's anything sweaty about Cunniwicke & Co. I don't think it's their brows or from hard work. And ask a couple of UK Roman bishops whether taking the admirable Father Zed's buddy in has decreased or increased "the burden". But I digress . . .
Seriously, folks, is it just me, or if you seriously believed that God inspired a aged Pope who liked fancy vestments and English Church music to bring you and your buddies with your antique vestments and committee-made-up-liturgy into the Catholic Church so that you could help God reverse an Ecumenical Council and impose your museum-like fantasy world on everyone else - would you tell anyone?
Or would you:
S T F U!!!!
And that would be just