In which the Pope cites a novel that takes place at a time near the end of the world

 …and various Churchmen and Catholic entities with short views on ecclesiology and long views on themselves shuffle their feet and clear their throats.

Take it away, Father Rutler!


  1. Don’t be silly.

  2. I take it this is somewhat different in tone than his brother’s Mapp & Lucia books?

  3. Cubeland Mystic says

    Hi JOB

    You’re a pretty fair wordsmith. Help me with the title of an essay I am writing.

    Which sounds better?

    Behind every pile of dead bodies stands a politician

    In the shadows of the mountains of bodies lurks a politician

  4. Both sound fine, CM, but I would add:

    …counting the buttons, shoes, gold fillings…and airport grants.


  5. Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says

    Kneel, then, wherever you may be:
    I am the Lord of the World, said he,
    And I’ll kneecap you if you won’t kneel to me,
    Then you’ll kneel to me as your lord, said he.

  6. Cubeland Mystic says

    This ruling or whatever it is does not bother me in the least bit. What bothers me is their predictability and lack of vision.

    “Oh look a gargantuan incomprehensible bureaucracy imposes itself on the world to throw gasoline on a fire that it caused in the first place.”

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