Folks, I don’t know what you’ve been experiencing, but at least twice in the last 10 days I have received two unrequested e-mail communications from an AOL address containing releases and pronunciamientos from Emmanuel Milingo, the schismatic and apostate archbishop who got married in a mass wedding officiated by Sun Myung Moon a few years back, and now heads an agitprop organization pushing for the reinstatement of laicized priests.
This morning I deleted a comment from the same person responding to my post on the issue, entitled, Milingo lacks standing to question priestly celibacy, or anything else for that matter. The comment was an exact copy of the latest unrequested e-mail.
I have seen the same response in the comment section of some other blogs. Now advocating a married priesthood is one thing. Attempting to ordain your own bishops and being excommunicated is another. But generating spam and blog comment spam is quite another. We should bring back the ecclesial penalty of anathema sit to punish ecclesial spammers.
It could have been worse. A few months ago I received a “complementary” issue of Commonwhine… er… Commonweal in the mail with a pitch to subscribe.
Completely off topic, but your choice of words reminded me that some years ago I had the idea of getting a dog and naming it Anathema so I could say to it Anathema, sit. I also thought of getting a dog and naming it Gum so I could chew and walk Gum at the same time.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse I remembered that some years ago I was at my parish’s rectory for some reason. As I was leaving I passed one of the priests, who was standing on the front walk talking with another parishoner. The priest had a dog on a leash. I heard him say, jokingly, “I’ll sic the dog on you.” I was too far away to say anything, but the thought that came immediately to mind was, “No, Father, that was the Old Church. Now you have to “thus” the dog on him.”
On the Internet, it’s anathema site.