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I went to a new doc a couple of days ago. This was a BIG step for me, because I love and adore my primary care doc, who has done well by me for some years now. He's saved my bacon more than once. But he announced at my last visit that my health issues were getting too big for him; it was time for the specialists. cut for medical minutiae )

So that's the news of the body; now the news of the soul. Well, not mine. But someone's, and they all count the same, right?
So apparently three Anglican bishops walked into a bar have been ordained as Roman Catholic priests because they have moral issues with the ordination of women, gays, and the union of gays, either in domestic partnerships, or, heaven forfend - actual marriage. So they have started a schism in the Anglican church, and it is catching like mono at a junior high mixer. According to this news article,
"The groundbreaking ceremony was made possible by a 2009 ruling by the Vatican allowing Anglicans worldwide to join the Roman Catholic Church and still adhere to many Anglican traditions.

Vatican officials devised the new policy without consulting Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, the spiritual leader of the global Anglican church."
(NB: whom I've met numerous times, and who is a lovely, generous, devoted, and brilliant man)

"The new system is designed to entice traditionalist Anglicans opposed to women priests, openly gay clergy, the blessing of same-sex unions and other controversial policies that have caused a deep schism within the church.

Until it was put in place, disaffected Anglicans had joined the Roman Catholic Church primarily on a case-by-case basis.

And my question is this: is there any reason it can not continue on a case-by-case basis?? This has indeed caused a deep schism. People I have known my entire life are decamping, going off and calling themselves "Anglicans", instead of "Episcopalians". Here's a newsflash: We're already Anglicans, those of us under the umbrella of the Church of England. Don't try to sound all flash and High Church just because you're a misogynist and a homophobe. Your moral outrage is not impressing anyone except possibly il Papa, and as an Anglican bishop, you've already foresworn that you don't need no steenking Pope to save your soul or act as a Holy Conduit between you and your God. You disgust me.
Pax et bonum,


Jan. 3rd, 2011 08:20 pm
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I belong to several online groups where people have been posting their predictions (whether intuitive or just plain common sense) for the new year. So many of them are predicting war, economic collapse, geological disaster, and more terrors. I know that the scent of cataclysm is in the air; it has been for some time. But I have grown weary of these super-specific doomsday prophecies. Yes, the world is a mess. Yes, we are absolutely poised on the edge of a great Something. But truly, no one can know for certain what it will be. And I do not believe that humanity's future - whether good or ill - is unchangeable and carved in stone. Maybe we need more sensitive, intuitive people to use their energy to work for good in their own little corners of the world, and we'll come out better than we ever were before. There's never been a time when humanity was not fretting about the threat of its own demise, and we've made it this far. I could run around, waiting for the sky to fall. Instead I'm going to do my best to bring light into the lives of the people I meet. Imagine if we all did that. Nothing could stand in the face of that kind of power. I wish the world a tranquil new year, full of light and hope.
Pax et bonum,


Dec. 28th, 2010 04:47 am
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After a couple of weeks of lovely, fresh snow, we're heading into an unseasonably warm stretch. There's fog and drip-dropping icicles and slush puddles. Perhaps the change in the weather explains the odd feeling I've been having. It feels like something is afoot, like something big has been set in motion. Maybe this is how animals feel before an earthquake or tsunami?
I'm still trying to get out from underneath a raging lupus flare. This new, kidney-flavored lupus takes some getting used to. I've had fourteen years of brain/spinal cord symptoms, and I've become kind of fixed in my ways. Never thought I'd feel nostalgia about transverse myelitis. : )
Pax et bonum,
oblivietto: (so say we all)
For the first time in a long time, I can feel proud of something the US government has done. The bill to repeal the terrible Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy passed, 65-31, in the Senate today! Eight Republicans crossed the aisle to vote for the repeal:

Scott Brown, Massachusetts
Susan Collins and Olympia J. Snowe, Maine
Lisa Murkowski, Alaska
Mark Kirk, Illinois
John Ensign, Nevada
Richard Burr, North Carolina
George Voinovich, Ohio

I plan to write to each of these Senators, thanking them for their votes. It will take awhile - months, at least - for the repeal to go into effect, but it will happen, and that is something worth celebrating.
Pax et bonum,


Dec. 11th, 2010 04:41 am
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The first snow of the season is already melting on the lawn, even though it won't be Winter for ten days yet. More should arrive tomorrow. I love snow - the more, the better! I love heavy, fat flakes of it falling like feathers from the sky, casting a strange light in the wee hours of the night. I love the sound of the snowplow rumbling past just before dawn. Fresh snow makes the world new and clean, and the comforting, cathedral silence of it feels like a promise.

Pax et bonum,


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