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Dear Father Jonathan,

If Stalin is singing "Jesus Loves Me" (presumably in Russian, or Georgian, or something, whatever) it would be very sweet to hear.

I hope I will.

And Father, you know being bad is always pathetic. But in pathos, there is always mercy's sweetness, if sought.

And seek him I do.

Oh, and Steve K., I appreciate the irony (as I always do).

And Steve H: what would Charles Williams have to say?


Fr. Jonathan

One of my recurrent nightmares is hearing an old Sunday School teacher (from my prot-evan upbringing) lapse into vulgarity.

Hearing such words on TV raises nary an eyebrow, but from Oma or Vida, the sound is worse than Stalin singing "Jesus loves me."

An apostate who deliberately and often says things much saltier is not nearly as pathetic bad. Maybe bad. Maybe pathetic.

But not, Charles, pathetic bad.

And you have my sympathies,

and blessings.

Fr. Jonathan

Ah, Fadda.

You're killin' me.

It's been a long while since I've checked in. How come? Mysteries redound.. Had my hindquarters shoved up my nether regions (aka head) lately.. Recently, though, I've figured out how to use RSS feeds. So I won't be deprived of your genius, again.

One thing: I gotta ask, what the heck is "a Baptist SS biddy who accidentally says darn?" Is it as pathetic bad as an apostate Orthodox Catholic who very deliberately and often says things much saltier than that?

Whatever. I can't check it, anyway. I don't even deserve absolution, let alone admittance to the sanctuary.

I tweet (and SMS) when I'm on my way to church, for those beyond the range of church bells.

Consider this tweeted!

Consider it added, as you're spot on.

Let us add at least one more: Has read, marked, learned, and inwardly digested the writings of St. John Chrysostom "On the Priesthood".

From a Western POV, St. Alphonsus De Liguori's "Dignity and Duties of the Priest" is pretty powerful too.

Well, as we probably know, checklist qualifications do not suffice for ordination, since that is a Holy Mystery.

The checklist has several uses. One is for clergy to see how many they can check, and which ones they cannot.

I am guessing that this is a qualification to be a priest or remain a priest? How many checks does one need. I checked all but two. Should I apply for ordination then?

What are we trying to qualify for? :)

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