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Saved his Head but not his Job

The Speaker of Britain's Parliament has resigned, a victim (some say scapegoat) of the moat and manure scandal (see post below).

After days of mounting pressure over Britains parliamentary expenses scandal, Michael Martin, the speaker of the House of Commons, announced Tuesday that he would step down the first holder of the prestigious position to be ousted in more than 300 years.The last time a speaker was ousted was in 1695 when Sir John Trevor was forced out of office after the House of commons found he accepted a bribe to push through legislation. The post of Speaker dates to the 14th century, straddling a delicate role between parliament and the monarchy. Before the mid-16th century, several office-holders were beheaded for perceived transgressions.

The latest gruesome details here.

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Rev. Robert P. Imbelli, a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, is Associate Professor of Theology Emeritus at Boston College.



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Nancy Pelosi can be glad she is here and not there.(Black tights!!!!)

These ongoing scandals - here, there and everywhere - sadden me deeply. I think they expose a real tendency in us humans to project our idealized selves onto others, angelizing them, and to scapegoat our defects onto others, demonizing them. This ignores the depth dimension of humanity, which is reflective of the Imago Dei. Ours is a world full of mystery and immersed in paradox. And each person is a mystery and immersed in paradox. For some reason, we run from mystery and rush to closure, unable to tolerate ambiguity, unwilling to ponder these things in our hearts like Mary. And we do this with easy answers to complex questions, with labeling and naming exercises that give us the delusion of control. Reality will not be bridled by our tight epistemic reins but will take off in a gallop, which requires us, like jockey Calvin Borel, to hold on loosely but not let go! God bless all servants. God especially bless our Public servants, who are neither angels nor demons, by instilling compassion in us, who elect and critique them. God Bless our ecclesiastical servants, too, who do not deserve so much of the disdain they suffer and may we one day return to a system where we elect them, too!

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