TODAY’S LITTLE DOSE OF SATIRE TO COPE WITH THE ALLEGED FAILURE OF THE O’MALLEY POSTAL SERVICE TO DELIVER THAT LETTER TO FRANCIS

Eccles and Bosco is saved


What to do if a cardinal hands you a letter

Posted: 05 Feb 2018 10:36 AM PST

It’s time for another instalment in our “How to be a good pope” self-help guide, for those readers who may one day get dumped in the Hot Seat.Suppose, just suppose, that a few years ago one of your cardinals handed you an eight-page letter detailing some really nasty things that happened in Chile with the connivance of one of your bishop pals. You have gone on record as saying you never received any such letter. But then, OOPS! Cardinal O’Malley insists that he did give you the letter.

O'Malley

Cardinal O’Malley, or maybe some other O’Malley.

Admittedly you don’t have a very good record of dealing with letters from cardinals. Burke and co. might wish to remind you of those dubia you never got round to answering. Zen may remind you that he told you that the real Chinese bishops are all being tortured in dungeons while you cut deals to allow communist puppets to take their place.

Should you admit that you’ve been caught “doing a Kasper”? You remember that your mate “screwy” Kasper said some stuff which basically boiled down to “I don’t like darkies,” and then denied it. But it had actually been recorded, possibly on the advice of top Jesuit Fr Sosa, who believes nothing, including the Gospel, unless it is tape-recorded.

Kasper and friends

“No really, some of my best friends are Africans.”

No, of course you don’t admit anything. You can get your stooges (Spadaro, Faggioli, etc.) to deny that the letter was ever received. If it was important, why wasn’t it sent recorded delivery and handed over by a properly qualified postman, rather than a totally unqualified cardinal?

There is also the Rex Mottram / Stephen Walford “infallibility” argument. In a spiritual sense the letter was never delivered at all, but, being sinful, Cardinal O’Malley failed to realise this.

Pope Francis and a letter

If you imagine a letter in this picture, you are unsaved.

Just remember, you’re the Pope. You are infallible. You cannot lie. There was no letter.

Still, check behind the sofa, just in case! .

Meet the Buzzfeed hack firing bitter pills at Father Z

Posted: 05 Feb 2018 06:52 AM PST

Until I came across this piece, a hatchet job on “blogger priest” Father Z, I wasn’t really aware that Buzzfeed did semi-serious journalism.In fact, it usually turns up on Twitter via its moronic quizzes. Which Famous Serial Killer Are You? Which Heretical Jesuit Are You? Which Fatal Illness Are You?

Buzzfeed garbage

Excuse my French! Apparently someone is paid to produce this garbage.

Still, we stumbled across something, and it turned out to be the immortal prose of one Joseph Bernstein. In the eyes of little Joseph, anyone who is not a committed Democrat is probably alt-right. Three of the sad little figureheads of Catholic Liberalism (or do I mean Liberal Catholicism?) are wheeled out: alt-Jesuit Jimmy Martin (catchphrase, “it’s HATE”), odd-bod theologian Massimo Faggioli, and “Catholic Whiners” founder Austen Ivereigh. They all get a chance to put the boot in.

Well, I don’t always agree with Father Z: indeed I have blogged about his fondness for guns (but he’s American, and they still need them in Wisconsin for predatory redcoats, Injuns, buffaloes, drug-dealers, Democrats, Jesuits, etc., so I guess he has an excuse). There’s also his excessive use of red ink, and, worst of all, the fact that I’m not allowed to comment on his blog, whereas so many less-saved people can do so. Oh, and he plugs “Mystic Monk” coffee, when my own “Numinous Nun” brand is far better.

Fr Z

An oldie, but a goodie. Fr Z takes the cure.

Well I looked up Joseph Bernstein, and his track record for boring articles is pretty good. Some time I must find out who Chelsea Manning is (all I know is that he was originally called Aston Villa Manning), and try and get excited about a museum that wants all its donors to believe in climate change…zzz…zzz…

Sorry, where was I? Oh yes, the bitter pills fired at Father Z. Well, as Father DL notes (more-or-less), Mr Weinstein doesn’t realise that Catholicism is more about tradition/modernism and orthodoxy/heterodoxy than straightforward right/left politics. Although you nay suspect that Benedict XVI votes for the Partito Italiano Conservativo, while Francis leans towards the Marxisto-Leninisto Socialisto Partito.

Francis and Benedict

“Sigh! I guess our prayers are cancelling each other out as well.”

Anyway, I need to change my name from Eccles to something extravagantly long, so that I can then be referred to affectionately as “Frater E”. Something like Ecclesiasticolongendorf should do the trick. Then I too can be noticed by… drat, I’ve forgotten his name already. That Buzz Lightyear person.

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One Response to TODAY’S LITTLE DOSE OF SATIRE TO COPE WITH THE ALLEGED FAILURE OF THE O’MALLEY POSTAL SERVICE TO DELIVER THAT LETTER TO FRANCIS

  1. vasheepdog94 says:

    Two Popes. One is real one may not be.

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