A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away…
… seminarians would on Tuesday evenings pile into cars and drive geographically short distance, but ecclesiologically vast gulf, from the St. Paul Seminary to the great Church of St. Agnes, in which rectory the now late Msgr. Richard Schuler was pastor.
The door was always open and the conversation was amazing. We were all at once edified and able to vent.
For a time, one of the participants was one Tim Ferguson, who is the official WDTPRS parody song writer. His was the composition of O Come, O Come Liturgical Blue.
Under my recent rant against blue vestments for Advent (linked above), someone mentioned another of Mr. Ferguson’s parodies, which I am delighted to reproduce here by request. It was originally written in honor of a now deceased bishop who wasn’e exactly on the right side of issues, so it has been slightly altered: nihil de mortuis, after all.
Sung to the tune of Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer
O my bishop got run over by Ratzinger,
coming home from Rome one Christmas Eve.
You may say there’re no such things as dogmas;
but as for me and Joseph, we believe.
He ordained too many women
and we told him of their plan,
but he went off without a cassock
and he took the next flight to the Vatican.
when we found him the next morning
at the Holy Office door,
he was wearing a biretta,
and was prefect of the Vatican book store.
O my bishop….
The Cathedral’s a disaster,
without him they’re in a tizz,
since he’s in Rome selling postcards
no one knows just were the tabernacle is.
the lay ministers are wailing,
and the priests are dressed in black –
but without their Roman collars,
‘cuz the Sisters all refuse to give them back.
O my bishop…