Live: trivial pursuits

By Jim Naughton

With so little happening, the media is parsing trivialities. It turns out that the purportedly Buddhist chant with which the Right Reverend Duleep de Chickera, the Bishop of Colombo, concluded his sermon at yesterday's opening Eucharist was actually a profession of faith in the Trinity chanted in what struck many listeners as a Buddhist fashion. [Video of sermon here.]

The fact that Bishop Tom Wright processed in a purple cassock was not some obscure sort of protest, against the presence of the Episcopal Church at the conference, but the result of his rochet and chimere being lost in transit.

The rumor of the morning is that some new draft of the covenant will be unveiled at a news conference at 1 p. m., but I can't find a mainstream reporter who believes this is credible. The question reporters are asking me this morning is whether I know how the conference is being paid for.

I don't.

Simon Sarmiento has arrived and Thinking Anglican's round-up of yesterday's coverage in the English press is this morning's must-read.

Comments (3)

Well, speaking of the Buddhist chant again, why can we not hear this on said video? I was actually looking forward to hearing it. The sermon _was_ wonderful! But it would have been nice to hear that too. Are you now going to tell me to upgrade something to hear it ? :-)

-Susan Hedges

From CIA Factbook for Sri Lanka -

Buddhist 69.1%, Muslim 7.6%, Hindu 7.1%, Christian 6.2%, unspecified 10%

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