Wednesday, October 12, 2005

"Fatwa" Digest

You know, all this wishful thinking of my demise from the Mothers of Tradition is really making me duty-bound to remind everyone that I'm still here.

Why all these self-anointed "orthodox" people are jumping on each other to play the part of Gloria Swanson, all swathed in fur in the back of a Rolls-Royce, is somewhat puzzling.

That said, the saga continues.

One of the Most Reverend Fathers -- who didn't get invited to the Big Show at the Aula -- decided to get away from the Roman hubbub for the week and go to... Fatima.

No, I'm not making this up.

He actually didn't intend to go to "Fatwa," as he called it, but as he says, "The only person who said 'I am not going to Fatima' and stuck by their word was Maria Beata Semper Virginis."

Don't shoot the messenger, people. Not saying it's right or wrong, I'm just reporting the quote.

Well, he found something really interesting this morning -- Marini in wax

Lovely, no?

Our correspondent continues, "I tried to get a take-away statue of Blessed Piero of Martirano for you, but they had all sold out to the trogs, who had bought them all, along with a number of needles..."

Can't say I'm terribly surprised about that.

Observant readers will note that the JP figure isn't wearing a pallium.... I'm told the situation is already being rectified.



Blogger Gene O'Grady said...

If the gentleman in question really used "Maria Beata Semper Virginis" as a predicate nominative we may conclude it was someone who doesn't know Latin.

Out of curiosity, am I the only poster on this blog who has ever known, been friends with, shared an office with, etc., any homosexuals?

Welcome back, by the way.

12/10/05 10:53  
Blogger justplaincath said...

No, you're not alone. I had an extensive and very professional "over the telephone" working relationship with a man who is homosexual (and fighting it, I may add.) It was he who exercised his baptismal priesthood (we Catholics are baptised "priest, prophet, and king") and who helped me understand my Catholic faith at a time I greatly needed direction. It is of great sadness to me that the person who helped me in my faith journey has so few (Catholic) resources to help him in his struggles against homosexuality.

12/10/05 11:03  
Blogger Jimmy Mac said...

Gene, my boy, don't be naive. I am willing to stake my life on the fact that you have known/do know at least one gay man or lesbian. Your gaydar may be sadly lacking and they may have not chosen to come out to you for whatever reason.

Not all of us prance around in drag with limp wrist flailing, you know.

12/10/05 18:06  
Blogger Jimmy Mac said...


Your friend doesn't need to "struggle against homosexuality." It is part (not all) of him and he is part of it.

What he needs to do is to live with the knowledge and comfort of who and what he is. Then he can get about his life.

If he can't or isn't willing to do that, then he is destined to have a very unhappy life for the rest of his days.

12/10/05 18:10  
Blogger Gene O'Grady said...

Jimmy Mac, You took me to be saying the exact reverse of what I meant. My gaydar is, I am sure, lousy, but I have had many gay friends, associates, office mates, priests, teachers, girl friends, etc. My point was that very few of them, outside of fiction, correspond to the flamboyant stereotypes that the posters to this list seem to associate with them. In fact, of the people I have known who seemed to fit that stereotype, and were often subjected to the nastiest rumors (a group in which I might include myself) most turned out to be heterosexual and are now married with kids. While a few of their tormentors discovered....

13/10/05 13:00  
Blogger Jimmy Mac said...

Gene: at my advanced age, attention to detail has gone the way of being able to stay up past 11 PM.

I thought your post said "never know, yada yada" rather than "ever."

Mea Culpa. Nay: mea maxima culpa!

13/10/05 19:49  

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