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Friday, November 30, 2007

A Religion of Peace

Calls in Sudan for execution of Briton

By MOHAMED OSMAN, Associated Press

KHARTOUM, Sudan - Thousands of Sudanese, many armed with clubs and knives, rallied Friday in a central square and demanded the execution of a British teacher convicted of insulting Islam for allowing her students to name a teddy bear "Muhammad."

In response to the demonstration, teacher Gillian Gibbons was moved from the women's prison near Khartoum to a secret location for her safety, her lawyer said.

The protesters streamed out of mosques after Friday sermons, as pickup trucks with loudspeakers blared messages against Gibbons, who was sentenced Thursday to 15 days in prison and deportation. She avoided the more serious punishment of 40 lashes.

They massed in central Martyrs Square outside the presidential palace, where hundreds of riot police were deployed. They did not try to stop the rally, , which lasted about an hour...

D'ya suppose, in light of this utterly preposterous but frightening incident, the nutroot organizations might reconsider casting as moral equivalents deranged, murderous Islamic thugs and Christian fundamentalists?

Yeah, I know. Stupid question.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Betty Butterfield and the Roman Catholic Church


I don't care much for female impersonators but I find hard to resist the character of Betty Butterfield, an addled working-class gal who is tirelessly shopping for a church that fits her style. Here she recounts a visit to the local Catholic church and I'm pleased to report she finds it mostly favorable.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

N.O.W. ♥ Islamo-Fascists

From Fox News:

Sudan Charges British Teacher With Insulting Religion

KHARTOUM, Sudan — Sudan on Wednesday charged a British teacher with insulting religion and inciting hatred, a crime punishable by up to 40 lashes, six months in prison or a fine, after she named a class teddy bear "Muhammad."

The charges come a day after a 7-year-old Sudanese boy said Gilliam Gibbons, 54, asked him as part of a school assignment what he wanted to call the stuffed animal and he said, 'Muhammad,' after his name.

A spokeswoman for the National Organization for Women said the situation "is definitely on the radar, and N.O.W. is not ignoring it.

But she added that the U.S.-based organization is "not putting out a statement or taking a position."

No surprise there, the dedicated freedom lovers at N.O.W. could hardly be expected to take a stand against the stupefyingly barbaric treatment of women in Islamic countries. While they will trot out the usual Newspeak justifications, blathering about "cultural hegemony" and such to rationalize their silence, there is a far more critical purpose to their remaining mum: avoiding even the merest soup├žon they--radical feminists--endorse the policies of the Bush administration; the enemy of their enemy is their friend. To the brave gals at N.O.W., it's better the schoolmarm's flogging goes unprotested than risk the sin of leftist apostasy. Besides, it happens in a part of the world in which they would never, ever dream of finding themselves.

(h/t The Jawa Report)

Monday, November 26, 2007

The Archbishop of Canterbury Enclowns Himself

From the Times of London

US is‘worst’ imperialist: archbishop

The Archbishop of Canterbury has said that the United States wields its power in a way that is worse than Britain during its imperial heyday.

Read it all to learn His Grace is as facile as an Oxbridge poli-sci prof when spewing forth anti-American twaddle (in this instance, in a feeble attempt to earn street creds with the Muslims). I suspect the dwindling number of Anglicans who pin their hopes on +Williams holding the unravelling Communion together may find their ranks even further reduced following this embarrassment.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Yet Another Bishop Popes...

This time His Grace John Lipscomb of Southwest Florida. I think his departure for Rome from the Episcopal Church is the most significant in years. Lipscomb and his counterpart +Herzog of Albany, who took the swim last March, could hardly be considered Anglo-Catholic. Both of them, egregiously, supported women's ordination (unlike +Steenson, whose leaving for Rome in September was not a huge surprise) but Herzog at least was Roman Catholic well into adulthood before converting to the Episcopal Church. Holy Mother Church has an uncanny ability at luring back even the most wayward members of her flock (think Lord Marchmain in "Brideshead"). Lipscomb has been Episcopalian for many years (coming from a Baptist upbringing) and his Tiber crossing serves as a clarion call to Anglicans everywhere: it is not just Anglo-Catholics who are embracing the full Catholic Faith, unable to abide the new-age, Gnostic cultists proliferating in the Anglican Communion, but also more mainstream protestants who realize only the Holy Catholic Church can fend off the onslaught of the heathen.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

De Profundis Clamo ad te Domine

Madam Schori on the current unpleasantness in the Episcopal Church:

"I'm not sure it is a stalemate," she said. "I think this church and others may just be becoming clearer about who they are."

"I believe we only know the fullness of God's truth at the end of time," she said. "And in the meantime, we have to be careful about being so sure that we understand it all."

"I think there are many in our church who feel beleaguered, and often they don't hear from other parts of the church that they, too, are beloved," the bishop said during the conversation with diocesan leaders in the sanctuary of St. Stephen's in the Field Church. "If we can ratchet it down a little, we may find a way to live together even if we don't agree.

And, for good measure, one from one of Madam's friends:

"She speaks from a very deep place," said Valerie Valle, a priest from Arroyo Grande near San Luis Obispo. "She listens to everything that's said, then goes deep."

Very, very deep. If you must have more, take a gander as the Los Angeles Times plants a full-on-the-mouth, sloppy wet kiss on on Mrs. Schori or spare yourself that excruciation by reading David Trimble's crisp and excellent summation on his blog, Still on Patrol. I advise the latter.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

A Temporary Measure

Jack Leo Iker, Bishop of the Diocese of Fort Worth in the Episcopal Church, made a bold observation and pronouncement yesterday in his address to the delegates at the diocese's annual convention.

And then just last week, the Presiding Bishop sent me an open letter, that she quickly posted on the internet, threatening disciplinary action against me if I did not prevent this Convention from acting on certain legislative proposals. I believe all of you have seen my reply. What you may not have seen is the Episcopal News Service story saying that if I did not heed her warning it would (and I quote) “force her to take action to bring the diocese and its leadership into line with the mandates of the national Church.” Now hold on there a minute. I don’t want to force her to do anything, but I must object to the claim that the Presiding Bishop has any canonical authority in this Diocese or any legitimate power over the leadership of this Diocese. She has no authority to bring Fort Worth into line with the mandates of a so-called “national Church.” There is no such thing as “the national Church.” We are a confederation of Dioceses, related to each other by our participation in General Convention. From the earliest days of the beginnings of the Episcopal Church in this country, including the formation of dioceses and eventually the creation of the General Convention itself, there has been a strong mistrust of centralized authority that is deeply rooted in our history as Episcopalians. We do not have an Archbishop in this Church, who has authority over other Bishops and their Dioceses. Instead, we have a Presiding Bishop, with very limited canonical responsibilities, mainly administrative in nature. We must object to the tendency in recent years in this Church to create some sort of central bureaucracy at the top that holds power and authority over the various Dioceses of this Church. We do not have a Curia that dictates policy and dogma in this Church. We do not have a Presiding Bishop with papal authority over us, nor do we believe in the infallibility of any Bishop or any council or, indeed, of any General Convention. If I may be so bold to speak on your behalf, dear friends: the leadership of this Diocese does not need to be brought into line with the mandates of some mythical “national Church.”

Well done, your Grace. The loose structure of the Episcopal Church would indeed seem to make it difficult for Katharine the Great, along with her Imperial Chancellor, to swoop down from New York and crush dissension in your diocese. Sadly and ironically however, it is that same lack of powerful central authority that permitted egregious innovations to irreversibly corrupt the Episcopal Church and will, I fear, do same to the entire Anglican Communion, owing to its own lack of central authority. Bishop Iker, along with (should they join him) his worthy counterparts Ackerman and Schofield of Quincy and San Joaquin respectively and the only Episcopalian dioceses remaining that may make any claim to Catholicity, ought to regard alignment with the Province of the Southern Cone as a lifeboat: welcome, to be sure, and on which their dioceses will thankfully remain afloat, yet still only a temporary vessel upon which they must continue the journey to the only seaworthy craft extant.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Now This Ought to be Fun

BOSTON (AP) - Sen. John Kerry, whose 2004 presidential campaign was torpedoed by critics of his Vietnam War record, said Friday he has personally accepted a Texas oilman's offer to pay $1 million to anyone who can disprove even a single charge of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.

(h/t Patterico)

Sanity from a Most Unlikely Source

The most left-wing by far of the courts of appeals, the wackadoodle 9th Circuit, ruled today in favor of the Bush Administration that "a lawsuit challenging the government's warrantless wiretapping program could not go forward because of the 'state secrets' privilege." The lawsuit was filed by one of those Arab "charities" that in reality served as a money-washing machine for Al Qaeda . "In a 3-0 decision, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the government, which had argued that allowing an Islamic charity's claims that it was illegally spied upon to go forward would threaten national security."

It is a dark day for the nutroot organizations. The 9th Circuit for years has served as Old Reliable for those itching for a ruling against the Bush Administration, no matter how barmy the complaint. Even more galling for the MoveOners, Democratic Undergrounders and Kossacks, one of the three judges was a favorite of theirs, lefty Harry Pregerson. I guess now if they want to get their way on this issue they'll be forced to have a stab at the quaint and old-fashioned method known as legislation. I'm sure Speaker Pelosi will be happy to accommodate them but then, unlike judicial edicts, it will have to be voted on.

More here and here.

This Guy Means Business

Damian Thompson, in the Telegraph, writes His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI has big plans.

The 80-year-old Pontiff is planning a purification of the Roman liturgy in which decades of trendy innovations will be swept away. This recovery of the sacred is intended to draw Catholics closer to the Orthodox and ultimately to heal the 1,000 year Great Schism. But it is also designed to attract vast numbers of conservative Anglicans, who will be offered the protection of the Holy Father if they covert en masse

The underlying motive:

The liberation of the Latin liturgy, the rapprochement with Eastern Orthodoxy, the absorption of former Anglicans - all these ambitions reflect Benedict's conviction that the Catholic Church must rediscover the liturgical treasure of Christian history to perform its most important task: worshipping God.

Duh. Read it all. Naturally, the liberals are livid.

(Thanks to William Tighe.)

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Balls in Baltimore

From the Baltimore Sun

Funeral prompts firing of priest
S. Baltimore pastor joined by Episcopal priest during Mass

Baltimore's new Roman Catholic archbishop removed a priest who was pastor of three South Baltimore parishes for offenses that include officiating at a funeral Mass with an Episcopal priest, which violates canon law.

Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien personally ordered the Rev. Ray Martin, who has led the Catholic Community of South Baltimore for five years, to resign from the three churches and sign a statement yesterday apologizing for "bringing scandal to the church."

Martin led the funeral Mass on Oct. 15 for Locust Point activist Ann Shirley Doda at Our Lady of Good Counsel with several clergy, including the Rev. Annette Chappell, the pastor of the Episcopal Church of the Redemption in Locust Point, Martin said.

Good for his Grace. Naturally, the Sun (and sadly, too: it was once edited by H. L. Mencken, one of my favorite atheists) the entire slant of the story, from the headline on down, is of the mean old bishop of the mean old Catholic Church victimizing a dedicated, if idealistic priest and includes a few sob quotes from the plantee's survivors who are stunned the bishop could be so cruel. Never mind Fr. Martin has repeatedly pulled stunts likes this, has repeatedly been counselled not to and has repeatedly ignored that counsel; never mind the survivors' upset could have been avoided if Fr. Martin had simply followed the Church teachings he vowed to uphold at his ordination. A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Baltimore couldn't have stated Bishop O'Brien's case more clearly: "How can we expect our own people to follow the teachings of the church if the priests don't?" Indeed, sir and a word to the wise: if you don't nip these things in the bud you must nip them in full flower and that is far messier.

(h/t Creative Minority Report)


Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Shooting the Moon

A while back the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church sent the Rt. Reverend Jack Iker of the Diocese of Fort Worth, an Anglo-Catholic stronghold, a snippy letter suggesting she would larn him good, via ecclesiastical discipline, if he didn't toe the line. The good bishop replied to that threat over the weekend in a letter that is a masterpiece of clarity, so unlike the usual unctuous goo which oozes from the new religionists running the Episcopal Church. It is worth quoting in its entirety.

The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori
815 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10017

Dear Katharine,

I have received your letter of November 8th and am rather surprised by your suggestion that I have somehow abandoned the communion of the church and may be subject to ecclesiastical discipline. Such a charge is baseless. I have abandoned nothing, and I have violated no canons. Every year at our Chrism Mass, I very happily reaffirm my ordination vows, along with all our clergy, that I will be “loyal to the doctrine, discipline, and worship of Christ as this Church has received them.” (BCP, pages 526 and 538)

It is highly inappropriate for you to attempt to interfere in the internal life of this diocese as we prayerfully prepare to gather in Convention. The threatening tone of your open letter makes no attempt to promote reconciliation, mediation, or even dialogue about our profound theological differences. Instead, it appears designed to intimidate our delegates and me, in an attempt to deter us from taking any action that opposes the direction in which you are leading our Church. It is deeply troubling that you would have me prevent the clergy and laity of this diocese from openly discussing our future place in the life of the wider Anglican Communion, as we debate a variety of proposals. As you well know, the polity of this Church requires the full participation of the clergy and lay orders, not just bishops, in the decision making process. It grieves me that as the Presiding Bishop you would misuse your office in an attempt to intimidate and manipulate this diocese.

While I do not wish to meet antagonism with antagonism, I must remind you that 25 years ago this month, the newly formed Diocese of Fort Worth voluntarily voted to enter into union with the General Convention of the Episcopal Church. If circumstances warrant it, we can likewise, by voluntary vote, terminate that relationship. Your aggressive, dictatorial posturing has no place in that decision. Sadly, however, your missive will now be one of the factors that our Convention will consider as we determine the future course of this diocese for the next 25 years and beyond, under God’s grace and guidance.

In closing, let me be very clear. While your threats deeply sadden us, they do not frighten us. We will continue to stand firm for the unchanging truth of the Holy Scriptures and the redeeming Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, whatever the costs. I shall continue to pray for you, as I trust you will pray for me, in the difficult days ahead.

Faithfully in Christ,

The Rt. Rev. Jack Leo Iker
Bishop of Fort Worth

Isn't that just fine? It always warms my heart seeing someone stand up to a bully.

Bishop Iker will likely pull his diocese from the rapidly failing Episcopal Church and align it with the Most Reverend Gregory J. Venables and his Province of the Southern Cone, which by the way is not an exotic ice cream treat but refers to the lower part of South America. The Southern Cone is probably a safe harbor for Bishop Iker and his diocese but I wonder, since Iker and virtually all of the Diocese of Fort Worth are Anglo-Catholics and ardently opposed to the "ordination" of women (and other innovations), whether he shouldn't yank his flock entirely from the Anglican Communion, which is getting increasingly soft world-wide on women's ordination, and consider a different tack. The Pope has just announced he will be visiting New York next spring. His Grace just might want to consider making a trip to NYC at that time and petition his Holiness to receive his entire diocese into the Holy Catholic Church: a slightly audacious suggestion, to be sure, but it would make a splendid fit.



Saturday, November 10, 2007

Nipping it in the Bud (What Took So Long?)

Excommunication looms for would-be women priests

St. Louis, Nov. 8, 2007 (CWNews.com) - Archbishop Raymond Burke of St. Louis has warned two local women that they face excommunication if they go through with plans for a Sunday ceremony at which they will claim to be ordained as priests.

The archbishop sent personal letters by courier to Rose Marie Dunn Hudson and Elsie Hainz McGrath, reminding them that they would incur the "censure of excommunication" if they participated in the ceremony, which is being held at a Jewish synagogue under the auspices of the "Womenpriests" organization.

Archbishop Burke noted that the fraudulent "ordination" ceremony, held in direct violation of Church teaching and authority, would constitute an "act of schism." He warned the women that additional penalties could be used against them, along with the excommunication that would be automatically imposed.

Well, of course and bravo! It's nice to see a bishop showing spine: no "listening process," just plain clear (but respectful) English laying down the law. We need to see more of this. If we don't, before long we will hear from men demanding they should be nuns.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Who Says Germans Don't Have a Sense of Humor?



He's making a list
And checking it twice
Gonna find out who's naughty or nice.

(h/t Creative Minority Report)

Urgent Prayer Request...

For the parents of these morons (from the New York Sun):

Five students at Columbia University are staging a hunger strike to protest what they say is a Eurocentric core curriculum and a growing climate of racism on campus. They are also protesting the university's Harlem expansion plan, calling it disruptive.

Two sophomores at Barnard College and three Columbia students last ate Tuesday evening and said they would not break their fast until the school committed to a core curriculum that includes a seminar addressing issues of "racialization and colonialism," among their other demands.

I'm already hungry," a senior at Columbia, Bryan Mercer, 22, said yesterday, less than 24 hours into the strike. Mr. Mercer, who is majoring in anthropology and comparative ethnic studies, said he has been scaling back his diet for weeks in preparation for the strike. His said his last meal was a sparse helping of fruit and bread...The strikers said they would stop attending classes when they felt too weak to concentrate.

I wonder the outrage the progenitors of these cub Marxists feel after shelling out $45,095 (tuition and fees for this year alone) to learn their precious ones have stopped eating, stopped going to class and ditched their expensive dorms to encamp al fresco on the steps of Low Library; especially when they read their inchoate babblings to the press. On the other hand, these parents are boomers (like me), quite possibly of the socialist millionaire class (assuredly not like me) and perhaps feel nostalgia and a vicarious thrill as their little ones form ad-hoc coalitions and compose their very own "hey, hey, ho, ho" chants; the same jejune behavior Mommy and Daddy sported in when they were undergraduates.

Meanwhile, the reaction from the Columbia administration is depressingly familiar:

"Columbia encourages students to express their points of view and supports their right of public protest," a spokeswoman for Columbia, LaVerna Fountain, said in a statement. Administrators are planning to meet with striking students this week, and the health center will be monitoring students' vital signs.

We need to face up to the fact America's leading colleges and universities, public and private, are lost to the Marxists. While football is still played, beer is still slogged and the halls still ivy-covered, it is all a facade; they are utterly transformed within. Poll after poll reveals the overwhelming leftist slant of most college faculties and administrations. Opinions even slightly contrary to the leftist canon are ruthlessly suppressed while at the same time dreary noisome protests for every leftist cause, no matter how inane, are openly or tacitly encouraged.

One fine day, maybe, many more parents in this country not embarrassed to call themselves Americans (in other words the vast majority of them) will realize superb educations can be had at the numerous small, often religiously affiliated, non-name brand liberal (in the true sense of the word) arts colleges throughout our land: institutions they can confidently send their kids to knowing they will not come home Christmas break as brainwashed Marxist automatons. Let us pray that day comes and the oligopolistic Marxist factories like Yale, Harvard, Columbia et al. will be driven out of business; by forces of the market, no less.

Oh well, it's fun to imagine.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Telling it Like it is


Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee has created a stir over a speech he gave a few weeks ago to the Family Research Council, at which he addressed the abortion issue. From the Jewish Daily Forward:

Republican presidential contender Mike Huckabee emerged from the recent Values Voter Summit with a new wave of support from Christian conservatives, but he also garnered some unwanted attention from Jewish leaders incensed over his use of the word “holocaust.”

...“Sometimes we talk about why we’re importing so many people in our work force,” Huckabee said. “It might be for the last 35 years, we have aborted more than a million people who would have been in our work force had we not had the holocaust of liberalized abortion under a flawed Supreme Court ruling in 1973.”

Some Jewish leaders have taken exception to Huckabee's use of "holocaust," Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League in particular. He fired off a letter of protest to Huckabee claiming use of the word “only trivialize[s] and diminish[es] the horror." I am sympathetic with Mr. Foxman. There are cranks and nut jobs out there who complain, "the Jews think they own the Holocaust" but they do, really; we must remember in six years the Germans wiped a third of them off the earth. Huckabee would be wise to find other words to describe the horror of abortion: "wholesale slaughter" or "genocide" would do just fine. That said, however, Huckabee also earns my huge respect for at least calling abortion for what it is, not dancing around it and mincing words as do many of the Republican presidential candidates; not to mention all the Democratic candidates for every office from president to county clerk.

(h/t Creative Minority Report.)

Exodus 20:3


Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

On the other hand, they're facing the other way so it must be OK.

(Pic from here but brought to the world's attention and winging its way 'round the blogosphere thanks to the singular and entertaining Anglican Beach Party--unlike any other Anglican website!)

Friday, November 02, 2007

Another Encouraging Development from Rome

The new English translation of the Mass is complete.

Nov. 2, 2007 (CWNews.com) - The International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) has completed a draft of its English translation of the Roman Missal.

The ICEL draft, which was unveiled on November 1, will now be submitted to the bishops' conferences of the English-speaking world. Bishop Arthur Roche of Leeds, England, explained that ICEL will solicit comments on the draft, make appropriate changes, and hopes to complete the English translation by the end of 2008...

Among the most notable changes proposed in the new translation are:

The Creed begins with "I believe," rather than "We believe"-- in a simple and accurate translation of the Latin " Credo ."

When the priest says to the congregation, "The Lord be with you," the response is now: "And with your spirit"-- again, a faithful translation of the Latin " Et cum spiritu tuo. "

The use of "inclusive language" is generally avoided, so that masculine pronouns are more broadly used-- especially in cases where the pronoun might refer to Jesus or to God.

One can only imagine how this will go over with certain clergy of a certain age in the United States (especially the jettisoning of "inclusive language"). Some have complained pre-emptively the new translation is far too literate for the average Catholic to comprehend. I guess we should feel for the critics and their distress at seeing years-long efforts dumbing down worship going up in smoke but I think also of Fr. George Rutler, who when asked what he missed most about Anglican worship after crossing the Tiber replied succinctly, "The Mass in English." Suffice it thus to say howling, bemoaning and gnashing of teeth over the new English translation of the Mass will be directly proportionate to its efficacy and quality.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

An Encouraging Development from Rome


Alas, it will take a bit longer than that but this item from a couple of weeks ago (which I managed to miss) contains some most encouraging news. From www.chiesa:

ROMA, October 18, 2007 – In the span of just a few days, a series of events have unfolded at the Vatican which, taken all together, foretell new provisions – at the pope's behest – to foster the rebirth of great sacred music...

In effect, since just over a year ago, Gregorian chant has been restored as the primary form of singing for Mass and solemn Vespers in Saint Peter's basilica.

The rebirth of Gregorian chant at St. Peter's coincided with the appointment of a new choir director, who was chosen by the basilica chapter in February of 2006.

The new director, Pierre Paul, a Canadian and an Oblate of the Virgin Mary, has made a clean break with the practice established during the pontificate of John Paul II – and reaffirmed by the previous director, Pablo Colino – of bringing to sing at the Masses in St. Peter's the most disparate choirs, drawn from all over the world, very uneven in quality and often inadequate (emphasis added).

Fr. Paul put the gradual and the antiphonal back into the hands of his singers, and taught them to sing Mass and Vespers in pure Gregorian chant. The faithful are also provided with booklets with the Gregorian notation for Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei, and the translation of the texts in Italian, English, and Spanish. The results are liturgically exemplary celebrations, with increasing participation from a growing number of faithful from many nations. There's still much to do to bring back to life in St. Peter's what was, in ancient times, the Cappella Giulia – the choir specifically founded for the basilica – and to revive the splendors of the Roman musical style, a style in which the sacred polyphony pioneered by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina and Gregorian chant, also sung in the Roman manner (virile and strong, not like the monastic models inspired by Solesmes), alternate and enrich each other.

"There's still much to do..." Indeed there is but this a splendid first step. There is no more effective way for Holy Mother Church to promote high-quality liturgical music than by insisting on it in her own home (the Anglican Church's world-wide reputation for musical excellence no doubt results from the glorious sounds heard in her English cathedrals and the chapels of Oxford and Cambridge). Obviously most Catholic churches do not have the resources of St. Peter's but the Church, by demanding the best music in that most prominent locale, sends a powerful and encouraging message to churches everywhere they should strive for the same; that one cantor properly intoning the minor propers is infinitely preferable to trotting out the wobbly biddies to croak out (again) "Canticle of the Sun" or "On Eagles' Wings".