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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Our Katharine wades into "Dirty Water"

I'm a "Dirty Water Girl."

Remember the song by the Standells? No?

Oh then, please, allow me to refresh your memory:

I'm gonna tell you a story
I'm gonna tell you about my town
I'm gonna tell you a big bad story, baby
Aww, it's all about my town

Yeah, down by the river
Down by the banks of the river Charles (aw, that's what's happenin' baby)
That's where you'll find me
Along with lovers, fuggers, and thieves (aw, but they're cool people)
Well I love that dirty water
Oh, Boston, you're my home (oh, you're the Number One place)
Frustrated women (I mean they're frustrated)
Have to be in by twelve o'clock (oh, that's a shame)
But I'm wishin' and a-hopin, oh
That just once those doors weren't locked (I like to save time for
my baby to walk around)
Well I love that dirty water
Oh, Boston, you're my home (oh, yeah)

Ah, there. I do believe I can start the day now.

ANYWAY, to hear and read that Our Katharine was in Boston yesterday was almost as exciting as the FOUR HOMERS IN A ROW as played in the brilliant winning game by The Red Sox against the NY Yankees last Sunday night.

(One more shameless piece of Dirty Water Pride: The Sox are #1 in the League standings with 13/7. The Yankees are in #4 with 8/11. Woo hoo! I have a T-shirt that says, "I have two favorite teams: The Boston Red Sox and anybody who beats the Yankees." It's dangerous to wear in the NY Metro area, but hey, a girl from Dirty Water has gotta do what a girl living in The Garden State's gotta do.)

You can find the audio of her interview with Boston Globe Reporter here.

If that link isn't 'hot' you can also find it half way down the report of her visit which you can find here.

I've also printed it below for your convience.

Episcopal leader holds firm on gay rights
By Michael Paulson, Globe Staff April 25, 2007
Saying "I don't believe that there is any will in this church to move backward," the top official of the Episcopal Church USA said yesterday that the election of an openly gay bishop in New Hampshire has been "a great blessing" despite triggering intense controversy and talk of possible schism.
In an interview during a visit to Boston, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori compared the gay rights struggle to battles over slavery and women's rights, and said she believes that it has become a vocation for the Episcopal Church "to keep questions of human sexuality in conversation, and before not just the rest of our own church, but the rest of the world."

Jefferts Schori said that it could take 50 years for the debate over homosexuality to be resolved, but that she believes it will happen. She said she hopes that the Anglican Communion, an umbrella organization including the Episcopal Church and the Church of England, will stay together.
"Where the protesters are, in some parts of Africa or in other parts of the Anglican Communion today, is where this church and this society we live in was 50 years ago, and for us to assume that people can move that distance in a year or in a relatively instantaneous manner is perhaps faithless," she said. "That kind of movement and development has taken us a good deal of pain and energy over 40 or 50 years, and I think we have to make some space so that others can make that journey as well."
Jefferts Schori, a 53-year-old oceanographer who was ordained an Episcopal priest just 13 years ago, has been attempting to guide the 2.4 million member Episcopal Church through controversy since she was elected the 26th presiding bishop last summer, three years after the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire triggered the controversy by choosing the Rev. V. Gene Robinson, an openly gay man in a long-term partnered relationship, as its next bishop.
The Anglican Communion has been embroiled in a debate about whether and how to punish the American church for its consent to Robinson's election, which some Anglican primates view as a violation of biblical teachings about sexuality.
"This is an issue for some clergy and a handful of bishops in our own church, and for a handful of primates across the communion, who believe that this issue is of sufficient importance to chuck us out, but the vast majority of people and clergy in this church, and I would believe across the communion, think that our common mission is of far higher importance," Jefferts Schori said. "If we focus on the mission we share, we're going to figure out how to get along together, even if we disagree about some things that generate a good deal more heat than light."
Jefferts Schori was in Massachusetts to visit with local Episcopal clergy, who are meeting in Brewster. She spoke to the Globe yesterday morning in the office of Bishop M. Thomas Shaw, leader of the Diocese of Massachusetts, at the diocesan headquarters in downtown Boston.
"This is a ministry filled with joy and challenge, and for somebody who thinks that the cardinal sin is boredom, it's feeling like a good fit," she said of her new role. "Anglicans have always said that our role is to live in tension and to live in the midst of tension, and, frankly, the only thing that doesn't exhibit tension is dead."
Asked about her message to those who are critical of the direction of the Episcopal Church, she said: "If we are not willing to reexamine our assumptions about who is in and who is out, I don't think we are adequately faithful in our spiritual journey. We may come to different conclusions about who is fit for inclusion in the community, but I don't think it excuses us from a willingness to wrestle with that question."
Michael Paulson can be reached at
Photograph by George Rizer/Globe Staff


Bill said...

Elizabeth, Finally there is something we disagree on. The Boston Red Sox vs The New York Yankees. Let us hear what the record (spirit) is saying to the people.

Boston Red Sox:
6 World Championship teams
11 American League pennant winners
Major league titles

World Series titles (6) 2004 • 1918 • 1916 • 1915
1912 • 1903
AL Pennants (11) 2004 • 1986 • 1975 • 1967
1946 • 1918 • 1916 • 1915
1912 • 1904 • 1903

New York Yankees:
26 World Championship teams
39 American League pennant winners
Major league titles
World Series titles (26) 2000 • 1999 • 1998 • 1996
1978 • 1977 • 1962 • 1961
1958 • 1956 • 1953 • 1952
1951 • 1950 • 1949 • 1947
1943 • 1941 • 1939 • 1938
1937 • 1936 • 1932 • 1928
1927 • 1923

AL Pennants (39) 2003 • 2001 • 2000 • 1999
1998 • 1996 • 1981 • 1978
1977 • 1976 • 1964 • 1963
1962 • 1961 • 1960 • 1958
1957 • 1956 • 1955 • 1953
1952 • 1951 • 1950 • 1949
1947 • 1943 • 1942 • 1941
1939 • 1938 • 1937 • 1936
1932 • 1928 • 1927 • 1926
1923 • 1922 • 1921

Jane R said...

Ah, another Sox fan. I knew you had good theology ;-).

Be assured that Red Sox Nation is a wide and wonderful thing -- out on the West Coast where I was before and here in the South. But I do run into people wearing Yankees caps...

Jane (who wore her Sox t-shirt to flip veggie-dogs at the end of semester college cookout two days ago)

Elizabeth Kaeton said...

As we say in the NY Metro area, "Yeah, yeah, yeah." If any team in the American or National League had as much money as the Yankees, they ought to have a record like that.

I'd sooner a Mets win than a win by the guys in Blue Pin Stripe.

Which is why I risk my life to wear my T-shirt that says, "I have two favorite teams: Boston Red Sox and anyone who beats the Yankees."

Elizabeth Kaeton said...

"(who wore her Sox t-shirt to flip veggie-dogs at the end of semester college cookout two days ago)"


taomikael said...

This was an interesting point of conversation over at Titus-one-nine (No, not the sports aspect!) until the elves freaked out and went on a full-court press. I seem to have earned a "special honor" as a result, all of my posts are held for moderation there. Well, that's one way of assuring that only the party line gets propagated.

Elizabeth Kaeton said...

I saw that over there - and the riduculous charges of her being racist because she used the word "chuck."

Amazing, in't?

taomikael said...

"and the ridiculous charges of her being racist because she used the word "chuck.""

Why let accuracy get in the way of a good propaganda line?

Mr. Ould, in a recent post at StandFirm, asserted that pagans were necessarily liars and that this was due to the "fact" that their father was the Devil. When challenged on the point, he immediately trotted out a few of his favorite Bible quotes.

I gave him one back: By their works, you will know them.

Bill said...

Elizabeth, At 120 Million, I don't think Boston can talk too loudly about spending money. The other thing you're forgetting is how much it costs to live and work in NYC. At 20 dollars for two hotdogs and a coke, the players have to be paid more:)

Top 15 2006 Baseball Payrolls

1 New York Yankees $194,663,079
2 Boston Red Sox $120,099,824
3 Los Angeles $103,472,000
4 White Sox $102,750,667
5 New York Mets $101,084,963
6 LA Dodgers $98,447,187
7 Chicago Cubs $94,424,499
8 Houston Astros $92,551,503
9 Atlanta Braves $90,156,876
10 SF Giants $90,056,419
11 Cardinals $88,891,371
12 Phillies $88,273,333
13 Mariners $87,959,833
14 Tigers $82,612,866
15 Orioles $72,585,582

Lauren Gough said...

If the PB thinks that it will take 50 years for the church to accept LGBT folk, then what have we been doing for the past 30? It doesn't help when she says that it is ok for it to take that long.

Elizabeth Kaeton said...

Oh, okay, Bill. I see. You're going for logic and sense. When have baseball fans ever followed the rules of logic or made any sense?

Silly man!

You must be a Yankee's fan.

Bill said...

Ok Elizabeth, Logic and reason are out. I'll tell you the real reason I'm a Yankee fan. When I was about five years old, my uncles brought me into the living room and told me to look at the television and watch the man at the plate. The man at the plate was Number 5, Joltin Joe DiMaggio, the Yankee Clipper. He struck out. My uncles told me that it didn’t matter, he was still the best there was. They said he was always a gentleman and always in there to win. They said that if I wanted to be like someone, then try to be like him. So, I guess, that after all these years, I’m still trying. I remember that when Mickey Mantle died, I cried like a baby. It was like someone tore a piece of my childhood right out of my heart. So you see, I’m not all logic and reason. If you cut me, I bleed pin-stripes.

Sarah Lawton said...

Elizabeth, you can't really argue with Yankee fans. I say that as a lifelong Red Sox fan who is actually dating a lifelong Yankee fan. Yes, it's true. We saw the A's play the Yankees recently in Oakland, me in my Red Sox cap and him wearing Yankee blue (got to see Marco Scutaro hit that walk-off homer off Mariano Rivera!).

My friends say, this relationship may only be possible since 2004. I do give him the benefit of understanding that he was actually raised in NYC and sort of couldn't help himself when he started following baseball as a kid. Anyway, he gives me the "26 World Series" line sometimes. I say, well, what have they done for you lately? I'm not hearing chants of "1918" at Yankee Stadium anymore. "Game 4, Oh-Four" at Fenway, maybe.

In any case, my guy was pretty silent last night when we watched Wily Mo hit that grand slam. :-)

You are right, Elizabeth--baseball is not about logic and sense. Baseball is in a different category altogether. So glad we have it as a sabbatical from the other goings-on in the world.

Hope there's no rainout tonight--Go Dice-K, and Play Ball!

Elizabeth Kaeton said...

I just saw a woman in a red T-shirt that said "Real women don't date Yankee Fans."

On the back side it said, "They marry them."

I asked her the identity of her team. Guess what she said?


Now, that was a REAL woman.

Bill said...

Final word. The Yankees and the Red Sox are the best adversarial relationship in all sport. I'd rather watch the Sox and the Bombers in the playoff than the World Series. The Series is an after thought, kind of like the cigarette after sex. (Did I just say that out loud). I think that the fans on both sides are some of the most passionate in all sports. I even rooted for the Sox in '04. I thought it had been too long for a team with such a great history not to go all the way.