Friday, April 8

POMPOUS AND CIRCUMSTANCES

To segue from the solemnity of Pope John Paul II's funeral to the civil wedding ceremony of the adulterer Prince Charles and his adulteress mistress Camilla Parker Bowles in 24-hours' time is enough to test one's sensibilities. It's like experiencing free-fall in a runaway elevator that had taken you up to see the archangels before plummeting to the depths of a moral abyss and before you could even get off!

Just how does the "Royal Family," once known for its deep-rooted traditions and quiet dignity, sustain its prestige and the allegiance of the British people when it's mired in such slimy, soap-opera-like machinations? Even the planning for the big event has taken on the aspect of Prince Charles' and Princess Diana's marriage -- it, too, is reportedly a shambles. Indeed, the whole thing is a vulgarity heaped upon the memory of Princess Diana. Seems the prince has tarnished the crown long before he assumes its authority. This report confirms that ignominy:

Charles and Camilla, tying the knot after a 35-year affair that spanned each of their failed marriages, will join the congregation in reciting the strongly worded penitence from the 17th-century Book of Common Prayer, Reuters reported.

"We acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness which we, from time to time, most grievously have committed," the confession reads.