Today’s little dose of satire to help you keep your sanity in the midst of all the insanity the day brings.

Eccles and Bosco is saved


How a pope should give out medals

Posted: 18 Jan 2018 04:17 AM PST

This is the latest instalment in our self-help guide “How to be a good pope”, designed to help those of our readers who may suddenly find themselves catapulted into the Chair of St Peter.Now, as Pope you have lots of gongs that you can hand out to your friends. For example, the Badge for Amoris Laetitia Learning and Study (BALLS) is for those who unquestioningly agree with everything Amoris Laetitia says, showing aggression when anyone asks them to explain something.

Likewise, the St Ignatius Medal for Profoundly Lecherous Explanations (SIMPLE) is for Jesuits who suggest that naughtiness – especially between members of the same sex – is all right really; while the Francis Order of Logic (FOOL) goes to those who maintain, in the face of all opposition, that 2+2=5.

Lilianne Ploumen

“Look! The Pope loves me!”

There are also some older awards that your more rigid predecessors instituted. For example the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great. These are for giving out in a “goodie-bag” to any visiting dignitaries who come to see you, together with a chocolate model of Martin Luther, a copy of Amoris Laetitia, and a comical red nose.

Now, as Pope you are a very busy man, with lots of other duties to perform. Obviously, you’ve managed to save some time by cutting down the praying and worshipping, but you still have to keep your “frequent flier” platinum status, and catch up on your unanswered correspondence – some cardinals have been waiting for answers from you for over a year.

So you delegate the award of the goodie-bag to one of your lackeys, who probably didn’t bother to check the credentials of the people who received them. And here’s the problem.

King Jong-un

“The Pope loves me too!”

Among the lucky recipients of your latest batch of medals are five euthanasiacs, four torturers, three war criminals, two serial killers, and an abortionist in a pear tree. Well, that’s fairly normal, if you will insist on giving awards to politicians. But it’s embarrassing.

Your critics are going to say, “The Pope should withdraw the honour. The buck stops here. We don’t think he’s very pro-life anyway. Remember Emma Bananas?”

Your fans are going to say, “Of course he knew nothing about it, and will never find out, as he doesn’t read the paper, and anyway he’s far too busy partying in Chile right now, and have you noticed that it’s always the same people who criticise the Pope? The rigid ones who believe in Christian doctrine! Didn’t you read America’s latest survey in which 99% of women who never go to church said he was a living saint? Now get lost, I’ve got to practise the piano.”

young Pecknold at the piano

Playing the piano versus populum, as recommended by Vatican II.

And you? What will you do? Why, nothing of course. You’re in Chile, where they don’t have the internet, or newspapers, or telephones. And by the time you get back there will be some new scandal to amuse people. Well done!

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I am a retired Roman Catholic Bishop, Bishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi, Texas
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3 Responses to Today’s little dose of satire to help you keep your sanity in the midst of all the insanity the day brings.

  1. vasheepdog94 says:

    Wonderful!! Eccles and Bosco is saved!!!!!!

  2. This is so amazing! Brilliant ! is right. I always look forward to the dose of satire; keeps things in perspective.

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