A chuckle in the midst of chaos

I’ve been consoling myself with amusing videos while exchanging texts about the Kavanaugh hearing and The Present Crisis with friends both foreign and domestic and in between.

This is CoE stuff, but it applies to Roman prelates.

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12 Responses to A chuckle in the midst of chaos

  1. Benedict Joseph says:

    Brutally on target. Painful. I’m howling.

  2. Malta says:

    Theologians in England….”to get God out of the Church of England…” Hahaha! Good one!

  3. Simon_GNR says:

    I love this sitcom; (Yes, Minister & Yes, Prime Minister) it’s one of my favourites and I’ve got the full box set.
    “Do you mean to say he’s never been an ordinary vicar?” “Good Lord no – men who want to become bishops tend to avoid pastoral work.” [not necessarily verbatim]
    So very true of the Catholic Church as well. My previous bishop, now retired, once told me he’d never been a parish priest at any stage of his career, though I hasten to add he was a very nice man and a pretty good bishop. And I think I read somewhere that Pius X was the last pope to have been a parish priest at some point in his life. Most recent popes tend to have been either professors of theology or papal nuncios and the like. It’s like an army having a general who has never been a platoon or company commander, but has spent many years at the army staff college before being made a brigadier-general with little or no combat or command experience.

  4. Crabbetrywe says:

    In a similar vein, I’ve been watching Fr. Guido Sarducci clips. He was kicked out of the SJ; can’t be all bad, right?

  5. JamesA says:

    Hilarious, but also horrifying if one is a former Anglican like myself. Holy Church seems to be emulating the Anglican model, sadly, a point Bishop Lopes of the Ordinariate bravely made recently.

  6. SummerMarigold says:

    Oh Father Z, thank you for posting this! As a former Anglican, I too find this hilarious and totally on target. Then I remember where we are in the Roman Church and, sigh, are we any better?

  7. John Grammaticus says:

    The best Bishops are those who have pastoral experience e.g. Burke

  8. The Egyptian says:

    I also own the complete box set, I have told many people if you want to understand how government, any government works, you have to watch Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister. Sir Humphrey is the quintessential deep state rat, smooth debonair and smarmy as a snake. Totally underhanded yet a paragon of virtue, This clip and the entire episode where the swamp connived to make Jim Hacker Prime Minister are totally hilarious, also when Hacker explains who reads what papers in the UK. Priceless

  9. The Egyptian says:

    https://youtu.be/DGscoaUWW2M?t=34s
    here’s the clip about who reads the papers, totally priceless

  10. MacCheese says:

    An exceptional find Father! ROTFL

  11. jaykay says:

    Simon_GNR: “And I think I read somewhere that Pius X was the last pope to have been a parish priest at some point in his life.”

    Interesting. I thought JPII had been, based on hazy recollection from reading George Weigel’s biography of him years ago, but having checked it turns out he was in a Krakow parish all right, when he came back from Rome, from 1948 to 1951 but not as Parish Priest. And he was also chaplain to students at the Jagiellonian, at the same time, it seems. So not a PP exactly but definitely in a Parish.

  12. Imrahil says:

    Great, great series.

    Dear Simon_GNR,

    It’s like an army having a general who has never been a platoon or company commander, but has spent many years at the army staff college before being made a brigadier-general with little or no combat or command experience.

    But let’s not forget that though not (I guess) technically true to the letter, this is very nearly true (“true in spirit” as one might put it) to say of the American general who won the Second World War and went on to become President.