We do indeed need to show joy as Catholics.
“Be happily and uncomplicatedly Catholic.” Michael J. Sheehan Archbishop of Santa Fe
The Pope is Pregnant!
Think of the explosive effect this story would make on the media throughout the world. It could report that, sixty days ago, while praying in his private chapel, Pope Benedict XVI was impregnated by a spiritual power and a new human life was conceived in his abdomen. The papal staff is now busy designing maternity robes for the Pope and arranging seven months from today for a caesarean operation to be performed in the Vatican Clinic. After her birth, the infant will be cared for by the Sisters of Charity until her adoption by a carefully selected married couple.
During his pregnancy, the Pope would experience, rather than sense, the valuable role women perform in the being of mankind. The following year he would summon a Council to revise Humanae Vitae so that laypeople have an active rather than passive role in effectively preventing unnecessary births. His next action would be to approve of the Church having women deacons.
His successor, “Pope (?), the Joyful”, would preside over a Golden Era for the Church with both married and female priests during an epidemic expansion of Catholicism throughout the world
Returning to the news story, it would end with a statement from Pope Benedict during his retreat at Castel Gandolfo, where he is having difficulty with morning sickness. He said, “As I am merely a servant of the Lord, without question I accept what has happened to be His Will.”
And what are your thoughts about this supposed story? firstname.lastname@example.org
Other recommended Catholic blogs
“What did Jesus do?” article by Adam Gopnik in the May 24 New Yorker.
In her New York Times interview with Christopher Hitchens, reporter Deborah Solomon did an excellent job of having him confirm he is an atheistic cipher.
Life Lessons from the Monastery, book written by Jerome Kodell, O.S.B.
Last week, the winner of the autographed gift copy of Light Reading for Good and Wayward Catholics, Sam Ellison in Phoenix, AZ, with a close second by Art Zoleta in Norwalk, CA.
1. The College of Cardinals are responsible for electing the new Pope
2. The period of the Crusades was 1095-1291.
3. St. Thomas Aquinas wrote, “All the efforts of the human mind cannot exhaust the essence of a single fly.”
Here is this week’s quiz. Who will be the book winner? Send you answers to email@example.com.
1 Who were the sons of Jebedee, and what did Jesus nickname them?
2 What is the maximum number of Cardinals Electors permitted to elect a Pope?
Phoenix Bishop Thomas Olmsted has proved that Pogo* was right. First, Olmsted enjoyed getting national publicity by blasting Notre Dame for honoring the President. He spent money to produce anti-gay marriage videos for homilies. Next, he has merited vast lack of respect for his calloused attitude towards the Hispanic Catholics in Arizona.
Now he has excommunicated Sister Margaret McBride (known as the “Mother Teresa” of Phoenix) because she agreed to an abortion in order to save the life of a 27-year-old mother of four. What do you think Jesus would have done?And what would you have done? (firstname.lastname@example.org.)
As this stupid man deserves our prayers that he will do no more damage to the Church, I am adding him to our Special Intentions List.
(*the cartoon figure who said, “We have found the enemy, and he is us.”)
What are your thoughts about this Church leader? email@example.com