In God's Name...
The Pope's top PR man has declared that the Vatican is in the midst of its own "WikiLeaks" scandal after a flurry of confidential Papal documents were fed to the media by apparently disgruntled cardinals. The leaks have ranged from documents covering allegedly murky operations at the Vatican bank, to an investigation into a …
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I think it's because the only children in National Trust properties are being supervised by appropriate adults. Granted some of them may be a little child rapey and some not, but I think they will do this on a 'take home' basis, rather than in a National Trust building. I mean, *the people*, the *noise*.
Not dismantled, but reorganized. The Catholic Church is a hierocracy (a holy caste) where those on the top have all the power. No consensus, no voting, no democracy. In such an environment, a few small vipers can create complete chaos.
"Devil himself was stalking the corridors of the Holy See and was ultimately behind the wave of scandals convulsing the Catholic Church" = "People are seeking power for power's sake and the Church is just a vehicle"
So that explains Tony Blair's conversion then.... He has converted hasn't he?
If I was a significant member of the Catholic Church of Rome I'd be very careful of your Mr. Blair.
As I'm not then I'd still be very careful because the RC Church is quite a bit more international and powerful than the Labour Party ever was.
The sad pity of it all? I didn't see the Hunt for ToniBler. Didn't he and his Catholic wife make a child in Balmoral, and then regale the nation with some of the tawdry details of how this came to be? Then there is Cherie's description of how they became lovers, on a London bus. Oh bliss. A Catholic education from the mouths of unelectable, unrepresentative stupids and their Barrister/Recorder wives, or do I mean bi0tches, I rhetorically ask. From that to ruining a country, and its culture and the thing that rankles most? We're blessed. Pah.
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You hit the nail there!
"..more than a passing resemblance to Terry Pratchett's Unseen University..."
- Funny hats (check)
- Robes (check)
- Mystical powers (check)
- Hidden/captive books (check)
- Misanthropy (check)
- Gluttony (check)
I wouldn't be surprised if the next Pope's name was Mustrum
"The Church's top exorcist, Father Gabriele Amorth, declared two years ago that the Devil himself was stalking the corridors of the Holy See and was ultimately behind the wave of scandals convulsing the Catholic Church".
Nuh, not possible. Devil's actually stalking the corridors of M$ and Google!
(We IT types all know that.)
"The steady stream of embarrassments are being seen as evidence of a power struggle within the church as one group of elderly men pits itself against another group of elderly men to replace an even more elderly man. Possibly with an elderly Italian."
Loved that bit to bits! It almost sounds like the bad old days at the Unseen University (dead men's shoes and all that).
On the plus side, if we wait just e bit longer, maybe nature will take its course and all these elderly men will start falling over from old age. Whether or not they will meet the maker they would expect (or would have us believe to expect) is another matter entirely
Or does it seem like the church has started really missing all the attention Dan Brown was giving it? A wise man once said there's no such thing as bad publicity.
It's almost like they've got him working with them to heighten intrigue.
It's better for them than the otherwise endless trickle of kiddy-fiddling after all.
Miracle power is granted by God to one who prays fervently and live a holy life respecting God's commandments.
Witchcraft power is gained by a mix of orgies, sacrifices of virgins, using all kinds of drugs and worshipping the Devil.
I for one prefer the latter, much less hassle...
"The Cabinet minister has warned that British society is under threat from the rising tide of “militant secularisation” reminiscent of “totalitarian regimes”
To think this bitch has the nerve to call atheists intolerant.
This type of thinking is exactly why we need to keep religion out of public life.
I was quite shocked to read your letter describing your problems balancing our bank account. I suggest we meet up to discuss same. How does Blackfriars Bridge on the 18th sound?
So mote be it!
PS please bring some bricks, if you can, on the off chance that we may chuck them at the ducks.
"There is something very sad in the fact that documents are dishonestly passed from the inside to the outside in order to create confusion..." he added. "We must, therefore, stand firm, not allowing ourselves to be swallowed up by the vortex of confusion, which is what ill-intentioned people want, and remaining capable of using our reason."
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