Monday Madness -- March 24, 2014

March 24, 2014
Scott Gunn

The highlight of your week is already here. It's time for another action-packed episode of Monday Madness, brought to you by the Supreme Executive Committee. This week features conversation about the Round of the 32's epic conclusion with the Fratricide Finish between John Wesley and Charles Wesley. Tim and Scott also take some time to share some behind-the-scenes insights into the making of Monday Madness.

When you finish, make sure you watch the latest video from the Archbishops and more at LentMadnessTV.


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24 comments on “Monday Madness -- March 24, 2014”

  1. I have just discovered that the Presiding Bishop (that's the head honcho of the Episcopal Church USA, for my other-denominational friends) will be visiting St. Augustine's Church in Raleigh this coming Monday. Dear Scott and Tim, could this implicit endorsement of Anna Cooper for in the Saintly Sixteen actually be an explicit endorsement, pre-arranged by the the PB and the SEC? It was also brought to my attention that Thomas Gallaudet was associate rector at St. Philip's Durham, NC. Conspiracy theorists want to this an attempt to "curry" favor with the current bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina?

  2. ok-this has nothing to do with possible intrigue, but i just love the saint with the sunglasses in the lent madness "banner"...oh- and i can not wait 50 years for mr. rogers to be on the bracket as i shall be dead. i'm quite positive of that given my age now.

    1. And yes Linda, who is that super-cool saint wearing sun-glasses? At least, I hope he's just being cool, and it has no icon-ic significance (har, har).
      Speaking of horrible puns inspired by the Rev. Tim, Bishop Curry is the bishop of NC referred to in my first post.

      1. nah-no least i don't think so. probably the SEC thought that one would be cool-and it is! the glare of the golden halo!

      1. Sometimes you can make a case for someone being approved earlier. In the case of Pauli Murray, she was always going to be the first African-American woman to be a priest in ECUSA. That is a significant marker right there that would never change, no matter how long she was dead, so she was approved. I'm sure her legacy as many firsts in women's and civil rights in the 20th century didn't hurt either. You can read her memoir, "Proud Shoes" to learn about her ancestors and early life.

      2. As much as it pains me to say it, the 50 year rule because we passionate humans tend to get on a bandwagon, a bee in our bonnet, etc. It gives time for a fuller picture of the human to come to light, and to see if they are still remembered with devotion. This is similar to the Catholic cooling off period, so that we are taking the time to approve and commemorate people with a lasting impact or significantly inspiring (but yes, I would like to believe Fred will still have an impact, but it will have to be demonstrated that this is beyond just a Cronkite-like popularity). People would love to have Mother Teresa added to the calendar, but it takes time. I'm not sure how Harriett Bedell got over the 50 year restriction, other than being a real spit-fire that people loved. Perhaps that will come to light in the next round.

  3. On to the Wesleys 1 & 2 ! Now, to see if Simeon mayhaps had a miracle wrought giving him the victory.

  4. As a member of the Global Viewing Public I am curious to know if the SEC wear fuzzy slippers during filming. They looks professional on screen, but what might they be concealing?

  5. Just listened to the video with the SEC. Great way to start the week. Looking forward to Saintly Sixteen on Thursday.

  6. Help? I clicked on the link at the top,
    Monday Madness — March 24, 2014,
    and it did not bring up a ballot. What am I doing wrong?

  7. As one of the many Methodists saddened by the upcoming battle of the brothers, I do still have to chime in my appreciation for your geekery, Scott. Those sound like great volumes, and I love finding a fellow Latinist!