Saturday, September 15, 2007

Just asking ...

Last night I was reading the Bishops With Law Degrees Statement and came across this sentence:

Eucharist was offered straightaway in those sacred terms.

For those of us who are Americans - but have lived in England - what strikes you about that sentence, being that it's supposed to have been written by Americans?


Anonymous said...

Do I get a prize for realizing that "straightaway" is a veddy, veddy British expression?? Maybe these Legally Trained Members of the House all went to Law School across the pond?
Here's another British expression for you, the whole report is a b__locks!

Unknown said...

You get the prize straightaway.


Tregonsee said...


Anonymous said...

Ah, but first you must define the issues.

That sentence rests in a paragraph which begins with this little gem:

Anglicans see reality as sacramental.

If reality is sacramental, then what is left that is profane? Sacramental comes from Sacred which is Holy which means set apart. If reality is set apart, what is left at all?

So you see, these are the sacred terms under which the so-called Eucharist (probably referring to the banquet at the Pharisee's house) was offered.

Since that which is called reality consists of everything around us, all of which is Sacramental, who we invite to share with us at the altar should be no different than who we invite to share with us at Starbuck's.

Quod erat demonstrandum.

This, by the way, is officially a rabbit trail. See, I know about these things. And Straightaway? Ah there's another twist and turn down the rabbit trail.

And is there a consolation prize?

Anonymous said...

Wait a minute, are you implying that maybe . . . just maybe . . . there was FOREIGN authorship of this document? We all "know" that our bishops couldn't possible have authored this text themselves -- someone else is putting words in their mouths!!!
Quick -- who's got the software to track this editing????

Anonymous said...

Canon Kearon, anyone?lzlmnz

Alice C. Linsley said...

Lewis Carroll used a phrase very like this in describing Alice's jump down the rabbit hole.

Some British influence here?

Anonymous said...

Please. Now you guys are speculating who wrote whose documents.