Saturday, August 7, 2010

FINALLY THOUGHT OF ONE!!

Ladies and gentlemen!!  Give it up for the world's first Swiss Army bishop!!

[Yeah, I get it.  Let's see.  Does her crozier come with a fold-out saw, pair of scissors, can opener, bottle opener, file, Philips screwdriver, reamer, pliers and corkscrew?  Does it have little slots for the tweezers and the toothpick?  Really, Chris?  You came all the way back here to make that joke? - Ed.]

Okay, so maybe it wasn't that great.

[It wasn't even a little bit great - Ed.]

Hey, Albert Pujols hits doubles sometimes.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

If there were sound, I'm sure I'd hear her cackling.
I hope this pseudo "bishop" obtained permission from the CH government to use the Logo. They frown on unauthorized use of the Swiss Cross. Actually I object to the use of any cross by these women who dress up as men and play "priest" or "bishop". What a farce.

Fr. Nestor said...

Why is this even here? I cannot see what makes this a bad vestment. It seems to be made simply and elegantly. Simple jacquard ribbon trim, tasteful brocade fabric and silk or satin fabric in perfectly respectable colors.

As an Orthodox Christian I do not condone the ordaining women to the presbytery or the Episcopal office. However, this seems to be here for the purpose of bashing the person inside the vestment rather than the vestment. Which is alright if the vestment is an expression of the wearer's identity rather than an expression of the church it represents.

In this case the woman is wearing a conservative vestment that appears to me to be in good taste (or at least nothing to get excited about) and therefore doesn't qualify to be on this website as a bad vestment.

I guess what I need to ask is why this vestment is bad? and if it is here because of that badness? or simply as an excuse to express opposition to the ordination and consecration of women?

Sorry, but I really enjoy coming here to see the abysmal vestments... kinda like watching a train wreck... I can't look away no matter how much I know I really should.

websterglobe@juno.com said...

The reason this is here is that I was using it to poke a little fun at myself. Not a great joke, mind you.

:-)

Dr. Mabuse said...

Lighten up, mate - you're supposed to look at the Swiss Cross, then imagine that miter with an array of knives, scissors, files, screwdrivers and assorted other ironmongery springing from it like the fanned tail of a peacock! It's just a bit of fun.

Anonymous said...

But the cross in the mitre did not open up properly: The left side is longer then the right side!!!

Fr. Nestor said...

Well, I suppose in that light...(mind you a simple greek cross in a standard of orthodox ornament) ... since the cross is a little off kilter... does that mean the little pair of scissors would actually be pinking shears? And if we were to follow that same line of thought then the screwdrivers might end up as (oh perish the thought) HEX wrenches (Ok, I know they are actually Allen wrenches but then again I know the difference between a Phillips head and a Louis)

I understand the game here, I just really find this vestment attractive as Western Anglican vestments go.

bob said...

Seeing this I am struck first by how envious I am that *I* didn't come up with the Swiss Army comment. Rats! Second, the never ending silliness of women in drag. That alone makes "Bad Vestments" worth seeing. Milton Berle couldn't look any funnier.

Matthew said...

Did she steal the crozier from a taller bishop?

Paul Woodrum said...

Methinks I detect a bit of sexism in some of the comments. Bless the Episcopal Church for living into St. Paul's dictim that "in Christ there is neither male nor female but a new creation."

The problem with the vestments is not the Greek cross on the miter. It is the deadly dullness of the standard issue catalog clergy drag. The ornaments of the church should be created by artists who, however much they may push snark buttons on this blog, at least indicate there is still vitality, life and inspiration in old mother church.

Anonymous said...

One ex Episcopalian and now Roman Catholic priest says that mitres look bad on a female head, with Swiss cross or not. This picture is a good example even better than Jefferts-Schori donning hers! At least the Woman patriarch of the Mariavite Church in Poland had the sense to ditch the mitre for a hat the makes a woman look beautiful,

Paul Woodrum said...

Would not charming little bonnets that compliment my lady bishop violate the first somewhat questionable principle of this blog: "Because Christian worship is not supposed to be about you?"

Today vestments, including miters, are not gender specific nor are they intended to enhance the apearence of the wearer. They distinguish sacred from secular and define role and function within the Christian community.

Now that the Pope has started down the slippery slope by saying girls can be acolytes, should they wear a garment distincitve from the dresses the boys wear? I think not. An acolyte is an acolyte just as a bishop is a bishop.

Paul Woodrum

Anonymous said...

I don't see the problem here. I don't see the humor here. If you're going to poke fun at bad vestments, at least find some bad vestments to poke fun at. There's nothing wrong with this mitre.

Andy said...

Looks a bit like the mitre was should have a Swiss Gear(R) Label affixed to the inside flap.

Anonymous said...

That cross is Bishop Bruno's "Hands in Healing" (trademark) emblem. Hey, vestments are supposed to honor the Lord Bishop, aren't they?

Anonymous said...

No fan of Jon Bruno myself, but the hands of healing cross doesn't look at all like the one of Mary Glasspool's mitre.

Bruno has to be the center of attention and can't shut up. Latest: the former cop, restaurateur, pro football player, opined in depth about constitutional law and prop 8.

He has built himself a home in the hills outside of Los Angeles with a pool, tennis court, guest house with a private chapel on the second floor..."for the next bishop" you see - so there's absolutely no self interest at all!

The cathedral he built in the Silverlake district has a chapel designed by his wife with two spaces reserved for them in the columbarium. The service I attended there during Lent had 14 people worshiping. (Vestments simple and appropriate.)

He does a fine job of elevating himself as well as breaking the promise he made at Lambeth. It's a tragedy Mary Glasspool has to inherit that dysfunctional diocese.

Dorothy

Father Robert Lyons said...

Of course, one could point out that Saint Paul also tells men not to pray with their heads covered, thus resulting in ditching the mitre and the zuchetto altogether for male clergy...

Rob+

Eduardo Chagas said...

But don't priests and bishops alike doff their mitres and birettas during prayer and at every mention of the Holy Name?