On May 3rd I posted about 'Rev." William Hausen and his new 'church' in Pittsburgh. An official statement was released afterwards by the Diocese of Pittsburgh, explaining why Hausen can no longer call himself a Catholic priest. The statement is relatively uncomplicated; I only call attention to it because, in no other city in the United States would the local football team be used in analogy for ecclesiastical incardination in an official church statement.
"If a player for the Pittsburgh Steelers becomes a free agent and signs with the Cleveland Browns, he is certainly free to do so," the note said. "To continue to wear a Pittsburgh Steelers jersey and claim to be a Steeler is simply false advertising."
(Also, note that the local rival, the Cleveland Browns, are utilized as a metaphor for the schismatic community.)
# posted by Jamie : 1:59 PM