Wednesday, December 08, 2004
Fr. Bryce Sibley at Saintly Salmagundi
just discovered an authenic recognitio
for P.O.D. in the online Acronym Finder
. He also points us to an article
about himself in the Register. I liked this line:
"Father Sibley has taken it upon himself to be an example to men in general, as men being men," [a parishioners] adds. "He seems to be very sure of his masculinity and very proud of it."
Maybe the rabbit-hunting trip
that Father is on today, avec
falconry, is part and parcel of this masculinity.
But of course, being the Medieval aficinado that I am, this has to recall for me the declarations of more than a few synods:
We forbid hunting and fowling to all clerics; wherefore, let them not presume to keep dogs and birds for these purposes. (Lateran IV, can. 15)
They shall, moreover, at all times wear a becoming dress, both in and out of church; shall abstain from unlawful hunting, hawking, dancing, taverns, and gaines (Trent, Session 24, c. 12).
Of course, a full implementation of Trent would have to bring up that awkward 'taverns' clause. I'd love to see them implement that in a few countries off northern Europe. I wonder, incidentally, if a more recent reform council would have to ban 'rapping' from clerical activities. We might see the end of Fr. Stan Fortuna
, the 'rapping monk.'
# posted by Jamie : 7:50 AM