PETA and Pope Francis’ Peace Doves

Yesterday Pope Francis had a bad day. While addressing the Sunday crowd in St. Peter’s Square he had a young man and woman release two doves as symbols of peace.  Unfortunately these birds were soon flying for their lives in an attempt to elude larger birds who evidently dine on doves. There was nothing peacefulContinue reading “PETA and Pope Francis’ Peace Doves”

Pope Francis fast-tracks saints

This week the Weekly Writing Challenge calls for humor. Having already commented on the rumor of a Papal recall, I thought I’d take on the latest news from the Vatican! Now just a gosh darn moment. According to the New York Times, Pope Francis “has sped two of his predecessors toward sainthood”.  Pope John Paul IIContinue reading “Pope Francis fast-tracks saints”

Pope Francis fast-tracks saints

Now just a gosh darn moment. According to the New York Times, Pope Francis “has sped two of his predecessors toward sainthood”.  Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII have been fast-tracked for sainthood. Why? Because Francis liked them. Geez Louise, so much for being a man of the common folk. I wonder how FrancisContinue reading “Pope Francis fast-tracks saints”

Pope Benedict Emeritus returns to Vatican; he and Francis divvy-up household chores

After taking it easy for a few weeks while his successor was elected and got a feel for things, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI returned to his old stomping grounds at the Vatican. Of course he won’t be living in the Papal apartment, even if it is unoccupied and, one assumes, for rent given Pope Francis’Continue reading “Pope Benedict Emeritus returns to Vatican; he and Francis divvy-up household chores”

Papal Coach Sought

A week ago today, Good Friday, I brought to your attention a memo allegedly by a group of Catholic Cardinals, not to be confused with National League Cardinals, regarding their displeasure with newly elected Pope Francis and posing the possibility of a Papal recall. The memo was leaked (okay … I wrote it) even thoughContinue reading “Papal Coach Sought”

Papal recall rumor on Good Friday

Even with the former butler no longer in position at the Vatican, the following memo was leaked. Apparently it is from one of the Cardinals and reveals his disappointment with Pope Francis. I think it fair to say that our election of the Argentinian Cardinal isn’t working out exactly as we had hoped. In justContinue reading “Papal recall rumor on Good Friday”

Papal Conclave: older Cardinals’ weak bladders require installation of portable Vati-Cans

Happy Papal Conclave Eve; that day before the process of electing the next pope begins when seminarians and altar servers all over the world put their cassocks over the end of their beds hoping to find the pockets filled with Papal Candy in the morning. Okay … that’s not true, cassocks don’t have pockets. Papal Conclave EveContinue reading “Papal Conclave: older Cardinals’ weak bladders require installation of portable Vati-Cans”

Popemobile readied for Benedict’s successor

The Conclave has yet to begin, two cardinals are still on their way to Rome, but preparations for the next Pope, the fisher of men, are well underway.  Pope Benedict XVI, now Pope Emeritus, turned in his Fisherman’s ring and vacated the Vatican days ago. But it appears he left a reminder: his “gone fishin’”Continue reading “Popemobile readied for Benedict’s successor”

Papal Conclave to begin March 15th; will Irish Cardinals miss St. Patrick’s Day?

It seems the Vatican is considering the possibility of starting the process of electing a new pope on March 15th, All Caesarian references aside, would the Ides of March be an appropriate time to start the process? Seems ominous to me. Of more importance perhaps is the fact that St. Patrick’s Day is on MarchContinue reading “Papal Conclave to begin March 15th; will Irish Cardinals miss St. Patrick’s Day?”

Happy Mardi Gras. Will the next pope be Canadian?

I recall in the lead up to the 1976 Olympic Summer games in Montreal, as is often the case with large-scale events, rumors of huge cost overruns (mind you, later to be confirmed) were rampant. When that was the topic of discussion they were referred to as “Montreal’s’” Olympics. “Montreal’s games won’t be ready on time”; “Montreal’s gamesContinue reading “Happy Mardi Gras. Will the next pope be Canadian?”