Aug. 5th, 2003

like. wow.

Aug. 5th, 2003 01:55 am
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The eminent Mr. Bogg has completely flipped his squiff.

In a good way, of course.
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It is acknowledged today that the scribes who wrote the revelations of Mary of Agrada, [Anne] Catherine Emmerich and of Marie Latoste modified them to an extent difficult to determine.
The Spiritual Life, Adolph Tanqueray.



It's so much easier when you have a friendly church historian to point you in the right direction.

Oh, lots of stuff )
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The prime minister's official spokesman, Tom Kelly, today apologised "unreservedly" for using the phrase "Walter Mitty" in connection with the late government weapons expert David Kelly.

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In a statement today, Mr Kelly denied trying to discredit the former weapons inspector but admitted the briefing was a "mistake".

He said in a statement issued by No 10: "We have sought to keep briefing to a minimum in accordance with the prime minister's wishes.

"I deeply regret, therefore, that what I thought was a private conversation with a journalist last week has led to further public controversy.

"That was not my intention, nor, most emphatically, was I signalling a government strategy aimed at discrediting Dr Kelly, as I have explained to the deputy prime minister.

"What I was trying to do, at the request of several journalists, was to outline questions facing all the parties that the Hutton inquiry would have to address, but to do so in a way that made it clear that it was for the inquiry to reach its judgment on the conflicting evidence before it, not me, or the government.

"It was in that context that the phrase 'Walter Mitty' was used, but it was meant as one of several questions facing all parties, not as a definitive statement of my view, or that of the government.

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However, there was no apology from Downing Street for yesterday attempting to deny the quote originated from them.

It was the Independent newspaper which yesterday quoted a "senior Whitehall official" as calling the dead scientist "a Walter Mitty", but the Guardian, FT, Telelgraph and Mail, which today fingered Tom Kelly (no relation) as the source of the comment.

But yesterday Downing Street had issued the following rebuttal denying responsibility, with the spokesman telling the lobby: "I don't know where this comment has come from, but we do want to make it absolutely clear that nobody with either the prime minister's or anybody else in Downing Street's approval would say such a thing."



References to Pinocchio, Munchhausen, the boy who cried wolf, the kid in Where the Wild Things Are and George W. Bush were also, said Downing Street, merely an indication of ground to be covered in the investigation.

In addition, the spokesman conceded that Dr. Kelly's pants were not in fact on fire and that he in no way resembled a dog in the sun in any factual way.

The use of the phrase "whiny diaper baby" was also meant in the larger metaphorical sense.
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U.S. Episcopal leaders have ended an investigation of sexual misconduct allegations against the church's first openly gay bishop-elect, and will vote on his ratification later on Tuesday, the church's presiding bishop said.

The allegations surfaced at the last minute on Monday as the bishops were set to ratify the Rev. Gene Robinson as bishop of New Hampshire and forced a delay in the vote.

The vote will now take place following a report on the investigation at 3:30 p.m. EDT, presiding Bishop Frank Griswold told the assembled bishops.

Bishops had delayed the vote to investigate accusations by Vermont parishioner David Lewis that Robinson sexual harassed him, and to look into questions about a Web site for a group Robinson founded that contained links to pornography.

Lewis had sent an e-mail to bishops that called Robinson a "grab-assing skirt-chaser" and was asked to follow it up with a signed, formal complaint, church officials said.



Note to Lewis: the use of the phrase "skirt-chaser" is probably not the way you wanted to go here.
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Episcopal Church Ends Probe of Gay Bishop-Elect

testify.

Aug. 5th, 2003 08:14 pm
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Jeanne writes about despair and how our capacity for outrage is getting overloaded these days.

Jeanne is a brilliant writer, but you knew that.

Change your bookmarks while you're over there. She has spiffy new digs at typepad.

hurray!

Aug. 5th, 2003 08:52 pm
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Cleared of the serious allegation of touching some asshole's shirt in an open meeting, I introduce you to Bishop Robinson, 62-45 voting in favor.

via [livejournal.com profile] supergee

edit sorry, just had to include this:


Scruton said the touching incident "was in public view and was brief" and happened at a church meeting where Robinson put his hand on a man's back and arm while engaged in a conversation.

The claim of inappropriate touching was e-mailed to Vermont Bishop Thomas Ely by David Lewis of Manchester, Vt. A family friend said Tuesday that Lewis never intended the allegations to go public. Scruton said Lewis told him he did not want to file a formal complaint.



No, really?

Boy, this guy's just oozing principles, isn't he.

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