Wednesday, September 23, 2015

UNITED STATES BISHOPS PREPARE TO MEET WITH POPE FRANCIS

United States Bishops
gather in
Saint Matthew's Cathedral
to meet with
Pope Francis!

Can you identify
your bishop?

Washington, D.C. security forces
keep an eye on those tricky streets downtown!




20 comments:

  1. Are those the puppy dogs up in the balcony behind the candles?

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    1. There was only one puppy dog there (beginning to look a little ethnic and old in the tooth) with the ever popular, oh soooooooo orthodox Tabby T wearing his finest $3.25 Francis cross he must have bought from Eleanor Tally with the 80 cent chain. It was definitely the parade of the horribles, McDrunk sitting next to the emeritus, everyone looking half in the bag waiting for the scientific explanation as to WHY the ice melts quicker than it used to while accompanying amber appearing liquids.

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    2. +Piggy Banks, J.C.D., D.D., B.F.D.September 24, 2015 at 7:38 PM

      Janet, dear, it's your old Rectum from Heifer House, Brighton. Did you see your adolescent days teacher at Vespers tonight at St Patrick's? East Coast +Sal whose bony fingers used to stab your teenage chest back in Algebra Class before those bones were consecrated was there with the rest of the Metropolitan Province. Wonder if +Sal brought his puppy dog. Loved your evaluation of the other puppy dog "beginning to look a little ethnic and old in the tooth." I always take it from Janet. So many have.

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    3. + Sal is still listed on that Providence parish bulletin as "in residence." Does he commute to Rochester daily?

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    4. Who's the bigger asshole, Sal referred to above or Cali Sal the DRUNK.

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  2. The leader of the Anglican Ordinariate is standing at the very end of the line on the left near that DC soldier.

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  3. I could be mistaken but I thought I saw the porcine face of the grand Dirigible of Madison in the throng of episcopal snouts. He was singularly unresponsive in the applause department as Card Wuerl acknowledged Pope Francis. In fact, +Madison seemed to broadcast a message of at least passive aggressive contempt for Francis and maybe the choked expression of one stung by the challenges of Francis' message and unable to do anything but to invert his rage.
    I suspect Lacy Boy is masking it all with lashings of Saki, Sushi in company with fellow mini-Sumos.

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  4. Ugh.. Pope Francis essentially coddled the noxious bishops and confirmed their worst instincts. There really wasn't a dressing down or any demand for reform at all.

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    1. I'm willing to wait for the time of His Holiness' choosing.... I trust that he has a good sense of what's going on and will move when the time's right. He's dealing with generations of the "clerically entitled" with deeply entrenched interests.

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    2. Or he is a complete fraud. I don't think that he is interested in reaching out to disaffected Catholics in the Global North. He only cares about the poor in the Global South. It seems like Pope Francis' trip to America is only about validating Latinos and confirming the bishops in their continued obsession with sex and gender. This disaffected Catholic woman feels more alienated from the Church than she did on Tuesday.

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    3. "He only cares about the poor in the Global South."

      who, of course, have for centuries been at the core of power in the Church and need no attention.

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    4. And as a woman I have been excluded from the Church for millennia as well. I certainly do not feel included by his rhetoric.

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    5. "And as a woman....." Why be so restrictive about being excluded ..... ?
      Who exactly in 'the Church' has excluded you and from what?

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    6. You're kidding, right? When's the last time a non-ordained person participated in leadership in the RCC? A penis is required, in case you haven't noticed.

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    7. No phallus - no chalice.

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    8. Try some heavy duty church history. Women were leading House Church Eucharistic celebrations well into the fourth century and perhaps even in more formal communities for centuries after that.
      Try Gregory VII in the 11th Century. He did the real damage and not just in that department.

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    9. Incidents in Church history aren't terribly comforting for those of us without time machines. The sins of misogyny and exclusion are active TODAY and in the probable future. Ignoring them doesn't make them any less real or grievously harmful.

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    10. That's why the clerical subculture insulates itself from historical scrutiny.
      When that perspective is actually recognized as normative, then it might be possible to have an adult, enlightened conversation about Sacramental theology especially the origins of the Sacraments.
      That is definitely a bridge too far for the Magisterium and the Roman School at least for another fifty years or so.

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  5. Mine is the one in the second row, trying to snooze off the booze under his hat.

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  6. One of the most astounding posts I have yet read on Retrorate, by "Sacerdos Romanus," thought by some (with the not-so-subtle encouragement of the site) to be Cardinal Capote himself, somehow finds fault with the Pope's endorsement of religious liberty on the White House lawn in favor of Leo XIII's discredited screed against "Americanism": http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2015/09/religious-liberty-in-united-states.html#more

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