Hattip to Dale Price. Of course it is unfair to characterize Irish history as mere drunkenness. My sainted Mother had me listen to quite a bit of Irish music as I grew up, and I still enjoy it, and Irish ballads also feature these elements of the Irish careening through this Vale of Tears:
1. Be maniacally happy.
2. Be maniacally sad.
3. Blame the English for everything bad that has happened to the Irish.
4. Celebrate an Irishman who left Ireland as soon as he was able.
5. A celebration of the charms of rural Ireland written by someone who would have sooner died than leave Dublin.
6. Mention the IRA, without mentioning that during the 60’s many Irish said the letters actually stood for I Ran Away.
7. Be about the death of a beloved pet or child.
8. Idolize near alcoholism.
9. Mention Saint Patrick or a leprechaun.
10. Throw in a few Irish gaelic phrases for the singer to mispronounce.
Hattip to commenter Greg Mockeridge. Many politicians deceive people with false promises to win election. With Trump, he tells his followers, if they would only listen, that he is feeding them a line of hooey that he has no intention of carrying out if elected.
A furor has arisen regarding the Pope’s comment in an interview in his flight back to Rome that “Satan got a raw deal from God.” Here are nine things to know and share:
It is possible that a mistranslation occurred. The colloquial Italian phrase that the Pope used for raw deal can also be understood to mean “distasteful deal”.
The Holy Father may have been speaking humorously. When Father Lombardi, Vatican spokesman was asked about this, he merely smiled, shrugged his shoulders and walked away.
If the Pope was speaking seriously, perhaps he was intending to convey how Satan was looking at the situation. Do not most sinners think they get a raw deal? Viewed from that vantage point, the Pope’s statement was correct, albeit incomplete.
We must recall that this is the Year of Mercy and perhaps the Holy Father was attempting to say that God’s mercy extends even to Satan.
The Vatican has denied that this statement constituted an all is forgiven message from the Pope to the Prince of Darkness
This is not a reversal of the traditional teaching of the Church regarding Satan. At most it is a minor development that the Pope may, or may not, expand upon.
This statement was not made ex cathedra, but it must be treated with respect as Catholics must treat all statements of the Pope with respect.
Islamic jihadists who are now calling Catholics devil worshipers are completely misinterpreting what the Pope said.
Larry D, who blogs at Acts of the Apostasy, one of the most intentionally funny Catholic websites not named Eye of the Tiber, summarizes in Trek Speak his parting of the ways with Patheos, or, as he calls it, The Blorg. Go here to read all about it. When it comes to Patheos, Catholic bloggers need the spirit of Commander Eddington:
Our bruin friend at Saint Corbinian’s Bear looks at papal interaction with a “bear”:
According to this report from Eye of the Tiber, Pope Francis granted a private audience with the celebrity Bear from the motion picture, “The Revenant.” Many have written to the Bear asking for a statement.
The Bear wishes to make it perfectly clear that he is not bothered by some fake bear being a celebrity, while the Bear labors in obscurity. At least he knows he’s the real thing. Does Pope Emeritus Benedict’s coat of arms have some anonymous, fake, CGI bear on them? No. They unmistakably have St. Corbinian’s Bear, complete with pack. So, now who’s famous, Mr. Fake CGI imaginary bear?
So what to make of the Pope’s pitiful propaganda effort to convince the world that he is on good terms with Bears? Clearly, the Bear has gotten under his skin. He knows the growing popularity of the Bear is a threat to his Jesuitical plots. So His Holiness is trying to neutralize the Bear.
Here is the truth. The only Bears that are behind the Pope are South American Spectacled Bears, and Polar Bears, who are working the global warming scam for all its worth by swimming out to tiny ice features and hoping somebody takes their picture.
My friends, long after this so-called “bear” has been buried in the graveyard of forgotten CGI animals, like that tiger from Life of Pi, or the 50 rampaging mammoths from 10,000 B.C., the Bear will still be writing his ephemeris, growing his audience, scrutinizing the Vatican like Bernardo Gui on methylphenidate. If a freelance Bear inquisitor high on speed doesn’t scare you, nothing will.
There’s only one place to find the real Bear. It’s right here, friends. Thank you for your continued support.
I [recognize that Christians prefer to] believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the [not necessarily] Only Begotten Son of God, born [of the early Christian consciousness] of the Father before all ages. God [or guru] from God, Light [or role model] from Light, true God [among others] from true God, begotten, not [entirely] made [up], [perhaps] consubstantial with the Father; through him [or her] all things were made [unless you find that problematic]. For us men [and women and pets and rain forests] and for our salvation [or mere consideration] he [claimed that he] came down from heaven, and by [what we’ll generously agree to call] the Holy Spirit was incarnate [in Christian discourse] of the [putatively] Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was [allegedly] crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death [as befits any false Jewish prophet] and was buried, and [according to Christians, at least,] rose again on the third day in accordance with the [passages of the] Scriptures [that don’t offend Jews]. He [was memorialized as having] ascended into heaven and is [best depicted in classical art as being] seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory [as the long-expected Jewish Messiah and in Muhammad’s train] to [non-judgmentally] judge the living and the dead [who are already in Heaven if they were good at their own religion or even irreligion] and his kingdom [among multiple other kingdoms] will [most likely] have no end.
[Oh, yeah, and] I believe in the Holy Spirit, the [Christian] Lord, the giver of life [and of circumcision], who proceeds from [what Christians refer to as] the [“]Father[“] and the [“]Son[“], who with [or perhaps without] the [“]Father[“] and the [“]Son[“] is adored and glorified [solely by Christians], who has spoken [of a still-promised Jewish Messiah] through the [interreligiously sanitized] prophets.
I [am, I guess, willing to] believe in [at least] one, [generally] holy, catholic [but not Roman Catholic] and apostolic [but not anti-Judaic] Church. I [don’t mind if others] confess one Baptism [or circumcisionor lifetime of pagan piety] for the forgiveness of sins [if such there be] and I look forward to the resurrection [or at least recollection] of the dead and the life[style] of the [religiously pluralistic] world to come. Amen[?]