Monday, October 17, 2005

It's All About the Checklist

I thought I'd share this e.mail that's making the rounds with everyone. As I was reading it, two things came up in my mind.

First off was Diogenes' recent statement that, "If the real reasons for the staggering episcopal tolerance of crimes (sexual and other) were discovered and acknowledged, perhaps not one bishop in three would be left standing in the aftermath; perhaps four out of five "conservative" prelates would go up in sulphur-scented smoke. A high price to pay? Sure. But if it bought us a straight-talking hierarchy, I'd be delighted to have the chance to pay it."

Well, at least we see eye to eye on one thing, even though our definitions of "straight talk" may differ somewhat.

And the other is a story
from a friend about two priests in a rectory. The pastor was recuperating from major surgery and the curate (parochial vicar, in the newfangled terminology) went to go buy a new shower curtain or toilet cover -- something for the bathroom, I forget exactly what.

So the younger priest installed his purchase and mentioned it in passing while checking in on the pastor. Despite his condition, the pastor immediately jumped up and trudged up the stairs to make sure it didn't clash with the decor of the WC.

All that said, enjoy this.

To: The Apostolic Investigators
From: The Association of Formerly Gay Seminarians
Re: Investigation of Homosexuals in the Seminaries
Date: Halloween, 2005

Thank you for undertaking this very worthwhile project to remove homosexuals from our seminaries. Since most of them will probably answer "no" when you ask them directly if they are gay, you will need to devise alternative methods to identify the deviants. We suggest the following.

1) Check his music collection. If he has more than 2 CDs by Streisand, Cher, or Madonna, boot him.

2) Check his vocabulary. If before entering they knew the meaning of "baldachino," "humeral veil" or "Spencer Abbey," boot him.

3) Ask him about cooking. If, from memory, he can concoct more than three recipes that require gureyere, arrugala, or caramelizing, toss him.

4) Find out what he wears at the beach. If he wears Speedos for purposes other than lap-swimming, throw him out.

5) Dig deeper into the cooking issue. If he knows the difference between parsley and cilantro, and REFUSES to cook with the former, get rid of him.

6) Ask him about his room in the seminary. If he refers to its curtains, drapes, blinds, or shades as "window treatments," dismiss him.

7) Learn about what keeps him awake at night. If has ever lost sleep because he thinks the altar flowers would really be prettier if they had just a little more baby's breath, throw him out.

9) Investigate the contents of his song memories. If he knows the lyrics to the entire score of any Broadway play that won the Tony award for the best musical during the years 1963-1987, throw him out.

10) Watch how he enters a room. If he immediately goes to the lamp in the corner and turns the shade so that the seam faces the wall, he is history.

11) Ask him about his decision-making ability. If he has ever spent an entire weekend painting a seminary prayer space honey dew melon only to decide on Monday that it isn't quite right and spends the entire NEXT weekend repainting the chapel mint #377, throw him out.

12) Find out what distracts him in prayer. If he has ever been bothered by recurrent concerns about cilantro and window treatments while in prayer, throw him out.

13) Research his sense of history. If he recalls exactly where he was when Lady Di crashed, but cannot recall how he learned of the Pope's death, show him the door.

14) Listen for hints of his understanding of New York. If the mention of "The Mets" gets him talking about the Opera and Museum rather than the baseball team, throw him out.

15) Learn about his ambitions. If he would ever want to investigate the presence of gays in the seminary, throw him as far away as you possibly can. That is the most flaming of all indicators.



Blogger Zadok the Roman said...


*Sits back and waits for the backlash...*

17/10/05 10:45  
Blogger justplaincath said...

What a relief! My husband is definitely NOT gay. He refuses to cook with cilantro--says it tastes like soap.

We're a parsley family.

17/10/05 16:16  
Blogger John Hearn said...

I just follow the directions on the side of the box when I cook, but I like to use the non-microwave option: does that make me gay?

17/10/05 16:41  
Blogger Fungulo said...

I know exactly where I was when Lady Di crashed AND also when I heard of the (long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long awaited) death of Il Magnificenzo - does that mean I am no longer gay, or perhaps even bi-curious, or have I perhaps been cured by the merits of said Il Magnificenzo and could I therefore be one his required miracles?

17/10/05 19:12  
Blogger Jimmy Mac said...

John: no self-respecting queen worthy of being called A Queen would EVER admit to using the microwave option. Your gender identification is safe.

Fungolo, honey: you have ALWAYS been miraculous!

18/10/05 01:45  
Blogger Jimmy Mac said...

If the sem knows all of the words to: "I don't care if it rains or freezes so long as I have my plastic Jesus riding on the dashboard of my car", he's safely het-ero-SEX-youall, dontcha know.

18/10/05 11:44  
Blogger Laura Gonzalez said...

What? No Liza Minelli? I once heard a priest tell someone that he had gone to see Liza live in Vegas with his mom. Not like I had any doubts about him, to begin with, but this was the nail in the coffin. So to speak.

Laura Gonzalez

18/10/05 17:36  

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