Philander Chase vs. Jerome

Today in Lent Madness it’s the long-anticipated Battle of the Curmudgeons: Philander Chase vs. Jerome. To put it into rhyme (and demonstrating a nuanced, if gender exclusive, use of French), “I do declare, this is not a touchy-feely pair, mon frere.” Will the Kenyon College mafia again rise to put Philander over the top? Or will Jerome’s jihad put an end to this Cinderella story? Many plot lines, but only one will make it to the Elate Eight.

Yesterday, Mary Magdalene trounced Joan of Arc 74% to 26% to advance to the next round. Make sure to check out the updated bracket courtesy of our unsung Bracket Czar and Celebrity Blogger Adam Thomas. This beautiful bracket even got top billing in yesterday’s Houston Chronicle article about Lent Madness.

As this is the last clash of the week, we do wish everyone luck in dealing with their Lent Madness Withdrawal (LMW) this weekend. If you’re feeling particularly lost, feel free to call the Lent Madness Counseling Hotline (LMCH) 24-hours a day. You might recognize the digits as you dial since they’re quite similar to Scott’s home number. Lent Madness insomniacs are encouraged to contact the LMCH at all hours of the night — just ask for “Scott.” (Please note that after-hours calls may be transferred to our Hingham call center.) And we’ll see you all bright and early Monday morning as the Round of the Saintly Sixteen continues with Enmegahbowh vs. David Oakerhater.

“Well, this will do!” exclaimed Bishop Philander Chase upon seeing the “landscape of unsurpassed loveliness and beauty” that would become the site of Kenyon College near Owl Creek in Knox County, Ohio. Lawyer Henry B. Curtis recorded Chase saying these words, his way of expressing “delight and satisfaction.”

This exclamation seems to be as laconic as Bishop Chase was wont to become; indeed, he subscribed diligently to the lengthy and complex sermon, which, to be sure,was the style of the day (making it difficult for this author to pick out quotations for you, dear reader). In preaching at the consecration of three other bishops, one moment stands out. Perhaps the Bishop was thinking about the vista of Kenyon when he preached,

“Once more: not only in the main and leading features of the Law and the Prophets do we see the illustration of the truth contained in the words of the text, but the same appears in those things which, were it not for the importance of the subject, might be deemed of small moment; the revelation of God, in this respect, being like his works in nature. It is not only in the sun, in the moon and in the planetary system, and the vast order of the Universe, that the wisdom, the power and the goodness of God appear: but even the flowers of the field in their minutest examination, by microscopic glasses, equally gratify the taste for divine knowledge in every humble and diligent inquirer.”

In another sermon, this time preached by a young Chase at the institution of another priest, the soon-to-be pioneer detailed the mettle of a preacher:

“If [congregants] are commanded to hear and receive God’s word, we are bound faithfully to preach it to them: to which end, two things are necessary; first, that we ourselves know and understand the word which we preach; and the second is, that we have fortitude to declare it. The former cannot be attained, without much study and devout application; and the latter requires that we bear ever in mind whose ambassadors we are, and to whom we stand accountable. Let us, then, with unremitting prayer to God, for the aid of his Holy Spirit, apply ourselves to the study of our BIBLES; and to everything, which may lead us righty to understand them, that we be not ‘novices:’ and let us take care that we never sacrifice truth or duty unto popularity; that we deserve not the shameful epithet of ‘pleasers;’ two characters utterly inconsistent with the office which we bear, and the vows which are upon us.”

In the previous examination of Chase’s life, many were dismayed by his seeming cavalier treatment of his consumptive wife. Whether or not the move to Ohio somehow precipitated Mary’s death, that Chase loved both Mary and his second wife Sophia should not be in doubt. We finish on an intimate note, the conclusion of a letter from Philander to Sophia: “I write by a poor dim hogs lard lamp, which, shining askance on my paper, will hardly permit me to say how faithfully I’m your affectionate Husband. P. Chase”

Adam Thomas

Jerome (c.347- 420) was the most famous Biblical scholar of ancient Christianity. Paintings of him often include, oddly, a lion. That frequent zoological addition refers not to Jerome’s curmudgeonliness but to the legend that a lion once limped into his monastery in Bethlehem and became his friend after he removed a thorn from the lion’s paw. When the monastery’s donkey mysteriously vanished, the other monks accused the lion of eating it. However, the lion eventually found the donkey in the caravan of the merchants who stole it and proved his innocence.

That same theme of friendship appears at the conclusion of Jerome’s letter in the year 374 to Rufinus the Monk:

“However, to return to the point from which I set out, I beseech you do not let me pass wholly out of sight and out of mind. A friend is long sought, hardly found, and with difficulty kept. Let those who will, allow gold to dazzle them and be borne along in splendor, their very baggage glittering with gold and silver. Love is not to be purchased, and affection has no price. The friendship which can cease has never been real. Farewell in Christ.”

Finally, here’s another interesting quote from Jerome’s preface to the third book of his commentary on Galatians:

“How few there are who now read Aristotle. How many are there who know the books, or even the name of Plato? You may find here and there a few old men, who have nothing else to do, who study them in a corner. But the whole world speaks the language of our Christian peasants and fishermen, the whole world re-echoes their words. And so their simple words must be set forth with simplicity of style; for the word simple applies to their words, not their meaning. But if, in response to your prayers, I could, in expounding their epistles, have the same spirit which they had when they dictated them, you would then see in the Apostles as much majesty and breadth of true wisdom as there is arrogance and vanity in the learned men of the world. To make a brief confession of the secrets of my heart, I should not like anyone who wished to understand the Apostle to find a difficulty in understanding my writings, and so be compelled to find someone to interpret the interpreter.”

Neil Alan Willard


Philander Chase vs. Jerome

  • Jerome (63%, 1,158 Votes)
  • Philander Chase (37%, 667 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,824

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97 Comments to "Philander Chase vs. Jerome"

  1. March 16, 2012 - 8:05 am | Permalink

    Can I just vote for the lion?

    • Peggy's Gravatar Peggy
      March 16, 2012 - 9:21 am | Permalink

      I want to vote for the lion, too.

      • Sharon's Gravatar Sharon
        March 16, 2012 - 9:51 am | Permalink

        Was the lion named Aslan?

    • March 16, 2012 - 10:31 am | Permalink

      Yes! For the big pussycat!

      • March 16, 2012 - 2:39 pm | Permalink

        Ahem. CS Lewis is not in the running this year.

        • Diane Amison-Loring's Gravatar Diane Amison-Loring
          March 18, 2012 - 9:08 pm | Permalink

          C.S. Lewis got the golden halo last year…

  2. Marguerite's Gravatar Marguerite
    March 16, 2012 - 8:31 am | Permalink

    I declare. That picture of Bishop and Mrs Chase is most diverting. Not voting just yet. Leaning toward Jerome.

    • Cece's Gravatar Cece
      March 16, 2012 - 8:53 pm | Permalink

      That picture of Bishop and Mrs. Chase, followed by a segment of his sermon, persuaded me to vote for Jerome. The picture and his sermon exuded vinegar!

  3. March 16, 2012 - 8:31 am | Permalink

    Come on you Kenyon College folks and do it again. I had hoped Thomas Merton would bump off Jerome, but he’s gone, so it will be up to the fellow with the funny name. Jerome doesn’t deserve to make it into the Elate 8. He probably wouldn’t approve of elation.

    • Sarah's Gravatar Sarah
      March 16, 2012 - 9:13 am | Permalink

      Come on! Jerome had a lion for a friend. That shows a certain amount of quirkiness. And Jerome’s writing is MUCH clearer than Bishop Chase’s. As I worked in a diocesan office, typing Bishop-ly sermons was part of my job. Bishop Chase’s would NOT have been easy to follow–just sayin’.

    • Perturbed participant's Gravatar Perturbed participant
      March 16, 2012 - 3:47 pm | Permalink

      Having a hired claque to stuff the ballot box rather spoils the fun for at least one of us.

  4. Alice's Gravatar Alice
    March 16, 2012 - 8:31 am | Permalink

    Oh my – I think P. Chase and St. Paul had the same grammar teacher 🙂
    (Paul’s translations aside)

  5. Heidi Shott's Gravatar Heidi Shott
    March 16, 2012 - 8:36 am | Permalink


  6. Thomas's Gravatar Thomas
    March 16, 2012 - 8:39 am | Permalink

    Two very crabby guys. But Bishop Chase is our crabby guy. He was the first Rector of a parish I served for nine years.

  7. Gian's Gravatar Gian
    March 16, 2012 - 8:39 am | Permalink

    Easy! Even if Jerome was famous for having a bad temper, which I do not like; he is the patron of translators since he devoted his life to the translation of the Septuagint and created what was known later as the Vulgata. Since I am a translator by education and since Jerome’s feast is celebrated on September 29, still the month in which I was born, my vote is for him.

    • March 16, 2012 - 10:01 am | Permalink

      He is also the patron of librarians and archivists! He kept one of the grandest personal libraries of the time of both Christian and pagan works. I bet he ran a tight library – no noise bleeding headsets or video games there…Go Jerry!

    • Fr. Bill Loring's Gravatar Fr. Bill Loring
      March 16, 2012 - 10:40 am | Permalink

      September 30th! St.Michael and all angels are on the 29th.

    • Martin Goshgarian's Gravatar Martin Goshgarian
      March 16, 2012 - 11:17 am | Permalink

      Jerome’s day is September 30.

    • Vicki's Gravatar Vicki
      March 16, 2012 - 12:37 pm | Permalink

      30 September is his day – sorry!

  8. March 16, 2012 - 8:40 am | Permalink

    Jerome all the way! Curmudgeonly he may be, but he has provided me with many hours of delightful reading.

  9. Margaret Smist's Gravatar Margaret Smist
    March 16, 2012 - 8:59 am | Permalink

    Jerome was kind to animals (or at least lions) so he got my vote today!

  10. aleathia nicholson's Gravatar aleathia nicholson
    March 16, 2012 - 9:17 am | Permalink

    If a sermon must be translated in order to be understood, …..well ?….need I go on? Jerome was not only kind, a virtue sorely lacking in too many who should have paid more attention to their mamas during their formative years, he was also understandable. The same cannot be said of Chase who may indeed have founded Kenyon….whenever he could be understood as to his plans. The wife looks to have been long-suffering for a loooooooong time. Jerome treated the lion better than Chase apparently treated the first wife. Of course, she couldn’t pose a threat to his life as she hadn’t the strength to do so ! On with Jerome !

  11. Laurie Atwater's Gravatar Laurie Atwater
    March 16, 2012 - 9:20 am | Permalink

    I love that first quote Adam provides us in his piece on Philander Chase today…for a purported curmudgeon, Chase had a wonderful appreciation for the beauties of the natural world, and on this gorgeous spring day, that gets my vote!

  12. Susan Elliott's Gravatar Susan Elliott
    March 16, 2012 - 9:25 am | Permalink

    “and so their simple words must be set forth with simplicity of style; for the word simple applies to their words, not their meaning”… Jerome gets my vote.

  13. Mark D.'s Gravatar Mark D.
    March 16, 2012 - 9:29 am | Permalink

    Anyone who can (correctly) use the word “askance” in a letter to his wife is getting my vote.

  14. Cynthia Hallas's Gravatar Cynthia Hallas
    March 16, 2012 - 9:30 am | Permalink

    There’s just something about a guy who feels the need to sign his last name when writing to his wife….and I’m not sure what that something is. Still, I can’t get the “Bishop Chase Room” at Trinity, Columbus OH (my childhood parish) out of my head. Keep Chasin’ that Golden Halo, Phil!

  15. Warner's Gravatar Warner
    March 16, 2012 - 9:35 am | Permalink

    Come on. This is too easy. The guy hangs out with a companion lion and preaches the words of Plato and Aristotle as simple, powerful and misunderstood? Done and done. Philanderer falls to Jerome today.

    • Martin Goshgarian's Gravatar Martin Goshgarian
      March 16, 2012 - 11:50 am | Permalink

      Warner, my interpretation is that Jerome was talking about the style of writing in the Scriptures.

      • Susan Hedges's Gravatar Susan Hedges
        March 16, 2012 - 3:09 pm | Permalink

        Yes, Martin, me too! “But the whole world speaks the language of our Christian peasants and fishermen, the whole world re-echoes their words. And so their simple words must be set forth with simplicity of style; for the word simple applies to their words, not their meaning.”

  16. kenyon alum's Gravatar kenyon alum
    March 16, 2012 - 9:36 am | Permalink

    C’mon, Philander inspired a five verse ditty about his efforts which most graduates can sing. (Well, we all know verse three, anyway.) Can Jerome say the same?

    • Katherine Schroeder's Gravatar Katherine Schroeder
      March 16, 2012 - 10:56 am | Permalink

      He seems to have been quite the Renaissance Man:

      “He built the College, built the dam
      He milked the cow, he smoked the ham,
      He taught the classes, rang the bell,
      And spanked the naughty freshmen well.
      He taught the classes, rang the bell,
      And spanked the naughty freshmen well.”

  17. Scott Hankins's Gravatar Scott Hankins
    March 16, 2012 - 9:55 am | Permalink

    Philander Chase. You people need to read my FB status update. I’m completely serious about that.

    Scott Hankins, Vicar of 60 square miles of NE Arizona.

  18. Scott Hankins's Gravatar Scott Hankins
    March 16, 2012 - 9:56 am | Permalink

    make that 60k square miles. (again, I am not kidding.)

  19. Junior Abraham's Gravatar Junior Abraham
    March 16, 2012 - 10:01 am | Permalink

    Are you planning to sue the Houston Chronical for libel–they called you two “friends!”? I know you are de jure non-combatants for Lent, but clearly that’s a penance for both of you!

  20. Robert Kent's Gravatar Robert Kent
    March 16, 2012 - 10:02 am | Permalink

    Is the rumor true that Lent Madness will be resurrected under a new name starting Easter Monday?

    • Mollie Douglas Turner+'s Gravatar Mollie Douglas Turner+
      March 16, 2012 - 12:01 pm | Permalink

      Ooh, I hope so–Eastertide is the BEST time to study/think about/begin to emulate the saints! What about it, SEC?

  21. Noel's Gravatar Noel
    March 16, 2012 - 10:03 am | Permalink

    Not only his quote about where the wisdom, power and goodness of God appear, but when he writes, “Let us, then, with unremitting prayer to God, for the aid of his Holy Spirit, apply ourselves to the study of our BIBLES; and to everything, which may lead us righty to understand them, that we be not ‘novices:’ and let us take care that we never sacrifice truth or duty unto popularity…” make me lean toward Philander. However, I love what Jerome writes about friendship in his letter to Rufinus, and was delighted that the story of the thorn in the lion’s paw is attributed to Jerome!………jury is still out on these two.

  22. Dr. T's Gravatar Dr. T
    March 16, 2012 - 10:07 am | Permalink

    As a veterinarian, I have to go with Jerome.

  23. March 16, 2012 - 10:10 am | Permalink

    No….the curse of Abraham Lincoln is at it again. How can you pit poor Bishop Chase against Jerome. Bishop Chase was the uncle of Salmon Chase the U. S. Secretary of the Treasury under Lincoln later becoming the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court replacing the reviled Taney. Unfortunately Chase was an almost contender against Lincoln in 1864 so his name was clouded by that event putting a curse against him for thinking about running against St. Lincoln. This family was one of the great anti-slavery families of Ohio and to give Bishop Chase fair play some mention should have been made of this.

  24. Scott Hankins's Gravatar Scott Hankins
    March 16, 2012 - 10:11 am | Permalink

    Anyone who understands Hopi and Vietnam really ought to be voting for Philander Chase, with the blessing of Jerome.

  25. Richard Murphy's Gravatar Richard Murphy
    March 16, 2012 - 10:13 am | Permalink

    Let’s hear it for the lion.

  26. Noel Bailey's Gravatar Noel Bailey
    March 16, 2012 - 10:15 am | Permalink

    (not the Noel who commented previously today) I cannot understand how anyone could name a child Philander and Chase – what a terrible thing to live with! I, too, would vote for the lion, but think that Jerome is the closest I can get to that. Hmmm……

  27. Katharine W.'s Gravatar Katharine W.
    March 16, 2012 - 10:15 am | Permalink

    Not sure who I’m voting for. The Vulgate has been responsible for a lot of wrong-headed crud, but I’ve always loved the lion stories. For people haranguing Chase:
    1) taking people to new climes, especially prairies or deserts, was the RECOMMENDED treatment for “consumptives” (a wide-ranging diagnosis, not exclusively T.B. until about 1940. The other common “treatment” was an ocean voyage.
    2) Until the 20th century, married couples usually signed letters to each other extremely formally, “Mr Chase”, “Mrs Smith”. They referred to each other in common conversation by title and last name (read 19th century novels). P. Chase’s valediction in that letter is actually rather sweet, for the time, though not quite as romance-y as John and Abigail Adams, a century earlier, addressing each other as “dearest friend”.
    But I still don’t know who I’m voting for.

    • Barbara's Gravatar Barbara
      March 16, 2012 - 11:00 am | Permalink

      Thank you for clarifying the context of both points!

    • Ginny Rodriguez's Gravatar Ginny Rodriguez
      March 16, 2012 - 6:20 pm | Permalink

      Katherine W., thank you for your historical and cultural comments! It’s nearly impossible for “us 20/21st centurians” to grasp the language & meaning of people in earlier, especially much earlier, centuries. Jerry & Phil would need a lot of translation assistence should either appear in our time. (Just think about explaining ‘feminism’, ‘electric lights’, or ‘oil change’ ! ) I think, one of, our challenges is deciphering compound sentences with several dependent clauses, that were more common in earlier times.

  28. Katharine W.'s Gravatar Katharine W.
    March 16, 2012 - 10:17 am | Permalink

    And apologies to grammar fiends about the missing closing parenthesis that should be after T.B.

  29. katherine's Gravatar katherine
    March 16, 2012 - 10:23 am | Permalink

    I too find I’m leaning toward the lion!
    But the point about signinghis last name on a letter to his wife…has me looking askance at ol’ Phil.

    • Barbara's Gravatar Barbara
      March 16, 2012 - 11:01 am | Permalink

      please see comments by Katherine W., above

    • Sister Mary Winifred's Gravatar Sister Mary Winifred
      March 16, 2012 - 11:25 am | Permalink

      See former message from Katherine W.

  30. March 16, 2012 - 10:24 am | Permalink

    Jerome leaves me feeling glum whereas Chase may have been gloomy but at least he got outside every now and then. Plus, he’s got that “Ohio” thing going on and I serve a Kenyon person or two in my congregation.

  31. Mary-Elise's Gravatar Mary-Elise
    March 16, 2012 - 10:31 am | Permalink

    Jerome founded a boys school. According to one article I read, he was gentle and kind to his friends and the needy. I’m assuming his friends were human and not the lion :-).

  32. George Werner's Gravatar George Werner
    March 16, 2012 - 10:31 am | Permalink

    When Shirley McLaine and I were with Jerome in another life, he was a miserable drinking partner as nasty as his reputation…Put me down as supporting Ohio’s finest…

    • March 16, 2012 - 12:45 pm | Permalink

      Gee, George — miserable as in “mean drunk” or miserable as in “didn’t buy his share of the rounds”? Either one a serious flaw, but I woke up early and already voted. Oh well, you know either one is going down to Brigid!

    • Rachel Keeney's Gravatar Rachel Keeney
      March 16, 2012 - 1:48 pm | Permalink

      MacLaine, not McLaine

  33. Jeff Lipschultz's Gravatar Jeff Lipschultz
    March 16, 2012 - 10:35 am | Permalink

    I’m a librarian and a cat person (is that redundant?), and love Latin to boot, but I still can’t get past Bishop Chase’s perseverance in working for free in a diocese where he frequently arrived at his parishes with broken bones — see my post in the last round for the citation. Sorry Jerome.

  34. March 16, 2012 - 10:40 am | Permalink

    Translator and lion-keeper? Definitely Jerome.

  35. Margaret Albert's Gravatar Margaret Albert
    March 16, 2012 - 10:48 am | Permalink

    I think I make three. Could we get a spot on the ballot for the lion?

  36. Fr. Bill Loring's Gravatar Fr. Bill Loring
    March 16, 2012 - 10:55 am | Permalink

    Surely Philander(er)’s comment was inspired by the future SITE of Kenyon College.
    They both sound like my ideal of the warm loving curmudgeon,
    but as a son of Ohio living in CT (neatly reversing Phil’s journey) I vote for Chase.
    BTW, it was Lincoln’s genius to put Chase and all of his other main political rivals in his administration.

  37. Margaret Albert's Gravatar Margaret Albert
    March 16, 2012 - 10:58 am | Permalink

    I stand corrected. Many are ahead of me at the polls for the lion. Definitely must have been Aslan.

  38. March 16, 2012 - 10:58 am | Permalink

    Jerome had trouble with the truth of scripture. In David’s euology for Jonathan, he added an extra half-verse to turn blunt the implications of David saying that Jonathan’s love was better than the love of women.

    It will have to be the Philander(er) for me.

  39. March 16, 2012 - 11:02 am | Permalink

    Why do I see the final round of Lent Madness becoming Emma of Hawai’i versus Philander Chase?

    • March 16, 2012 - 11:16 am | Permalink

      Can’t be – they are both on the right side, and so far today Jerome is beating Chase anyway. I have decided not to worry about this one. Brigid or Bonhoeffer will bump off today’s winner in the drive to the final four.

  40. Barbara's Gravatar Barbara
    March 16, 2012 - 11:09 am | Permalink

    C’mon, Bexley Hall alums! Here’s a bit from the Bexley Hall website:
    “It All Started with Philander Chase
    Philander Chase, the Bishop of Ohio, was sometimes intransigent and impatient, yet he was ultimately moved by pastoral concern for the people of the frontier. In 1823, despite opposition from eastern bishops, he set out for England to raise money to start an Episcopal seminary west of the Alleghenies.

    Before the voyage he flooded key people with letters, pamphlets, and brochures about the necessity of a school of ministry on the frontier. The gamble succeeded brilliantly. English church leaders gave generously to this non-English project. Among them was Nicholas Vansittart, the recently retired Chancellor of the Exchequer who had been ennobled as Lord Bexley by King George IV. A triumphant Bishop Chase sailed back to the States—and Bexley Hall was born.

    The seminary’s first classes met in temporary quarters in Chase’s rectory office at St. John’s Church in Worthington, Ohio. Eventually, the seminary moved to Gambier and the campus of Kenyon College, founded by Chase as an undergraduate “feeder college” to the seminary.”

  41. Tarheel's Gravatar Tarheel
    March 16, 2012 - 11:13 am | Permalink

    Whenever I see a story with a lion I immediately think of The Wizard of Oz, one of my least favorite stories. Therefore my vote is for Philander Chase, bishop,priest, pioneer and educator who appreciated the natural beauty of the world around him.

    Kicking off my ruby slippers and heading out to work in the garden.

  42. Natalie's Gravatar Natalie
    March 16, 2012 - 11:39 am | Permalink

    “the latter requires that we bear ever in mind whose ambassadors we are, and to whom we stand accountable.” That is a seriously inspiring quote.

    But the lion! And an understandable boffin!

    Oh dear. Might need to toss a coin for this one.

  43. Gretchen R. Chateau's Gravatar Gretchen R. Chateau
    March 16, 2012 - 11:47 am | Permalink

    Are we sure Philander’s first name wasn’t Filibuster? He makes Paul’s writing seem streamlined and concise. My vote goes to Jerome, biblical scholarship, and, yes, the lion. Not a tame one, I suppose, but very, very good.

  44. Evelyn's Gravatar Evelyn
    March 16, 2012 - 11:55 am | Permalink

    Saint Evelyn suggests C.S. Lewis to be a little more “wild” – and a lion appears…
    the lion gets my vote

  45. Peggy Thompson's Gravatar Peggy Thompson
    March 16, 2012 - 12:02 pm | Permalink

    Do not really want to vote for either one, but Jerome gets my vote because I love to read and my cat strongly suggested I vote for him.

  46. Jennifer's Gravatar Jennifer
    March 16, 2012 - 12:06 pm | Permalink

    Curmudgeonliness must be contagious. Impatience upon ruminating on the loquaciousness of Chase engendered a strong enthusiasm for eschewing obfuscation (did he mean ‘consider the lilies…’?) and a decision for Jerome…whom I then discovered to be similarly afflicted (” ‘Bye Dude. Luv ya.” Think of the sheep this would have saved.) But the final quotation shows that at least Jerome recognized the problem. Points for that.

    Really, I’m just pickin’ cannon fodder for the next round anyways. Who cares. And it’s Friday, darn it. Where’s that LMCH number….

  47. Mollie Douglas Turner+'s Gravatar Mollie Douglas Turner+
    March 16, 2012 - 12:10 pm | Permalink

    Tough, but I do love curmudgeons. And while Bishop Chase’s early exhortation about ordained ministry is stirring and right on target, Jerome’s paean for friendship is absolutely beautiful. So I’ll take the old curmudgeon with his adorable kitty.

  48. Alec's Gravatar Alec
    March 16, 2012 - 12:39 pm | Permalink

    I too found Jerome’s words on friendship inspiring and really right on the mark. I would walk with him.

  49. Vicki's Gravatar Vicki
    March 16, 2012 - 12:41 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for putting the greatest picture of Jerome ever in for today. I have a copy of it hanging on my study wall and was wondering how I could get it in – you did it for me!

  50. dr.primrose's Gravatar dr.primrose
    March 16, 2012 - 1:07 pm | Permalink

    Two days in a row of revenge voting. Yesterday, it was against Joan for defeating Lancelot Andrews. Today, it’s against Chase for defeating Thomas Merton.

    “Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound?”

    • March 16, 2012 - 1:56 pm | Permalink

      you missed on that – I voted for Chase in spite of the fact that he defeated Thos Merton. I have not seen any response that indicated anyone voted against him for that.

      • dr.primrose's Gravatar dr.primrose
        March 16, 2012 - 2:43 pm | Permalink

        See Katherine’s comment below. Glad I’m not the only one continuing in sin so that grace may abound.

  51. Brigid Courtney's Gravatar Brigid Courtney
    March 16, 2012 - 1:21 pm | Permalink

    voting for Chase!

  52. "He smoked the what?!"
    March 16, 2012 - 2:03 pm | Permalink

    It should be noted by loyal Kenyon voters that our founder was hardly as loyal to us as we’ve been to him in the ensuing years. He stuck around for all of seven years before he got tired of us and ran away to found another college that he liked better — a collegiate philanderer, one might say.
    Also, he purposely set up shop in the most remote place imaginable — so remote that almost two hundred years later, Kenyon is STILL in the boondocks. Don’t know how he managed to do that, and while it’s impressive on some level, it is seriously inconvenient when you really need a new pair of shoes.
    My vote goes to Jerome.

  53. Johannas Jordan's Gravatar Johannas Jordan
    March 16, 2012 - 2:23 pm | Permalink

    I’m with Mollie Turner+

  54. katherine's Gravatar katherine
    March 16, 2012 - 2:24 pm | Permalink

    Well…I noted the lion…but i’d have to confess to a little revenge for my guy Merton in my vote.

  55. Heidi Shott's Gravatar Heidi Shott
    March 16, 2012 - 3:09 pm | Permalink

    Did the SEC rig this vote to run the week they knew Kenyon College students were out on spring break? Hmmmm???

    • Jim's Gravatar Jim
      March 16, 2012 - 3:49 pm | Permalink

      Is there any chance that the good people from the Diocese of Hawaii will be on Spring Break in two weeks and give Paul a shot at the Elate Eight?

      • Mary-Elise's Gravatar Mary-Elise
        March 16, 2012 - 4:07 pm | Permalink

        If you lived in Hawaii would you need a Spring Break ?

  56. Jon's Gravatar Jon
    March 16, 2012 - 3:26 pm | Permalink

    Jerome for his words on friendship, truer words have rarely been spoken.

  57. Hope and Skye's Gravatar Hope and Skye
    March 16, 2012 - 3:33 pm | Permalink

    The kids are squarely behind the golden halo’d guy who pulled a thorn out of the big kitty cat’s paw. Go Jerome!

  58. Harry W's Gravatar Harry W
    March 16, 2012 - 3:41 pm | Permalink

    My vote is for Jerome, he is one of the first Biblical scholars; he is the start of those who brought scholarship and enlightment to the study of Christian writing. This interest may have brought the Christian story to a wider audience in the early church. His followers are today the reason today we have the vast and enriching commentaries on the scriptures we hold so dear.

  59. Jim Begley's Gravatar Jim Begley
    March 16, 2012 - 3:55 pm | Permalink

    Philander, you keep talking… former and latter… and unremitting prayer … minutest examination by microscopic glasses …with diligent inquiry and you’ve scored my vote.
    I’ve also scored some snooze time during Sunday’s sermon.

  60. Deacon Lisa's Gravatar Deacon Lisa
    March 16, 2012 - 4:14 pm | Permalink

    Being of simple heart (and I I fear sometimes mind). My vote goes to Jerome.

  61. March 16, 2012 - 4:26 pm | Permalink

    I vote for Jerome. Anybody who can befriend a lion is a friend of mine. How can anyone stay awake during Chases sermons. He had to put his college in the middle of nowhere so he would have an audience for his sermons.

  62. Dennis Johnson's Gravatar Dennis Johnson
    March 16, 2012 - 4:33 pm | Permalink

    Enough has been said. Jerome.

  63. Dennis Johnson's Gravatar Dennis Johnson
    March 16, 2012 - 4:34 pm | Permalink

    Didn’t get to vote for Jerome the first time. This time he’s got my vote.

  64. Ginny Rodriguez's Gravatar Ginny Rodriguez
    March 16, 2012 - 6:38 pm | Permalink

    Jerome left us with a Bible we could read. That is: if we could read, and if we could read Latin, then we could read the word of God for ourselves. Of course we had to stand around in a (probably) drafty church to read The Bible. Philander left us with one or more colleges, i.e., places to read and study The Bible in various, and evolving translations. I’m voting for Jerome, the translator.

  65. Marguerite's Gravatar Marguerite
    March 16, 2012 - 8:55 pm | Permalink

    So Jerome can beat Philanderer Chase but Thomas Merton can’t?

  66. Cece's Gravatar Cece
    March 16, 2012 - 9:08 pm | Permalink

    Both of my cats said I better vote for Jerome. Plus, I liked his stance on friends.

  67. Katharine Graham's Gravatar Katharine Graham
    March 16, 2012 - 9:26 pm | Permalink

    Loved Jerome on friends.

  68. Harlie Youngblood's Gravatar Harlie Youngblood
    March 16, 2012 - 9:47 pm | Permalink

    My wife persuaded me to vote for Jerome, pointing out that he produced the Vulgate.
    But I feel a kinship with Phil(ander) since he was a convert from Congregationalism.
    I was brought up in a non-liturgical church (Southern Baptist) and when I discovered
    Anglicanism I was swept away by the beauty of the services. My first Holy Week was
    overwhelming, not to mention the Easter Vigil. It was reading the Prayer Book that
    helped draw Chase to the Episcopal Church.

  69. March 17, 2012 - 10:07 am | Permalink

    Philander was my predecessor here at Christ Church in Poughkeepsie when he was the Rector at the dawn of the 19th Century – his next stop was down in New Orleans. Gotta vote for the homeboy.

  70. Vicar's Gravatar Vicar
    April 1, 2012 - 9:49 pm | Permalink

    I like this.

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