It’s been one of those weeks

A few weeks ago, I received the following comment from a regular reader of 7WD: “You’re a terrible blogger! I come to your blog every day, and sometimes it doesn’t change for weeks!”

In order to stave off another one of these comments, I thought I’d proactively post a bit here. It’s been one of those weeks in parish and personal life. Nothing individually has been overly dramatic, but there’s been lots to do. On my normal days off (Monday and Tuesday), I often spend 2-3 hours blogging up entries for the rest of week. Sadly, there was no time this week. So, for now, please know that I haven’t forgotten about 7WD. In fact, my blogpile has grown quite large. If I get to it before everything’s hopelessly outdated, I might have some good stuff here.

Here’s my “top of the hour” roundup of recent news:

  • The USA is full of chuckleheads who apparently will believe anything that spews from the right, as evidenced by the large number of people who are now worried that Barack Obama is setting up “death panels” to off grandma.
  • People are still pronouncing, with boring regularity, the death of the Anglican Communion. And yet Anglicans throughout the Communion are still going about their parish business, caring for people in countless ways all the while glorifying God. How can something so full of life be dead?
  • The Eastern Pope of the Episcopal Church is no longer a major threat. He’s locked in an epic struggle to find the perfect coffee shop, and so the folks at 815 should be able to wrest control from him.
  • USAA continues to be one of my favorite companies ever. Now they’ve outdone themselves. I will be able to ditch Bank of America (which must be run by Dr. Evil’s mentor) at last. How is that, you say? How will this work, since I live in Rhode Island and the bank is in another state? How will I deposit checks? USAA has developed an iPhone app that will let me deposit checks by photographing them! I am not making this up. If you are eligible to be a customer, I recommend USAA as the definitive company for every line of business in which they operate.
  • Someone else has pointed out that the Bishop of Durham should stick to writing books and appearing on the Daily Show. He should not pontificate (word chosen carefully) on the Anglican Communion, and the Episcopal Church in particular. I always say, “Talk to the partnered gay and lesbian priests serving in your own diocese before trying to get rid of them elsewhere.”
  • Peter Ould is in the midst of conflict with another blogger. Go read the details. Peter Ould at times makes Peter Akinola look like Mother Teresa.
  • Meanwhile, while Anglicans point at the twig in the eyes of others, we have collectively ignored the beam in our own eye. One of the big beams is called Darfur, and you can see the latest here. Sigh.

UPDATE: Like every blogger, apparently, who writes about Peter Ould, I have received a private email from him. He says that the story with David Heron is more complicated than I know, and I’ll believe him. My assumption is that you, dear readers, know that the story is almost always more complicated than it looks at first glance — and that it almost always takes two to tango. Though Peter did not ask me to modify my post or to remove it, I have chosen to edit slightly what I wrote. My policy on edits has generally been not to make them, other than to fix grammar or spelling errors. On occasion here, I have made factual errors or said things that weren’t quite right. My practice has been to issue an update in the manner of this note. There have been a couple of times that I have edited the contents of posts, always noting that in an update (so things are never mysteriously changed).

In this case, I decided that I had crossed a line. On 7WD, I have no qualms about reporting on other people’s bad public behavior — just as I have no problem with someone reporting on what I do in public, including any examples of my behavior or writing of which they do not approve. On 7WD I also engage in what I hope is humor (or humour, for my overseas friends). That means I might try to have some fun on others’ expense. My usual approach is to imagine that I’ll meet the person soon, and then decide if it would be an uncomfortable meeting. If then I can make the joke, I go ahead. In this particular case, I crossed a line in which my humor was more mean-spirited than it should have been. That’s not the way a priest — or any Christian — should behave. So, while I continue to think Peter Ould often says things that are completely worthy of full-on criticism and even mockery, I am compelled to apologize for my initial post in this case. Peter, I’m sorry. (I have written back to him privately to say much of the same.)

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