A blogger on a famous multi-faith (and none) blog multinational made my day today, with the wonderful explanation of why the
Pope Bishop of Rome always – and particularly on the famous aeroplane – talks as if he had one Litre Fernet (the Argentinians like it a lot, I am told; like the Italians) in his humble stomach.
It all has to do with Sun-Tzu and his Art of War, you see.
The brilliant war strategy unfolds as follows:
1. Francis just shuts up in the face of huge attacks on Christianity, for months.
2. Then, he surprises the enemy by showing he is on their side.
3. This leaves the enemy utterly without defence or orientation, because of all things they were certainly not expecting the Pope… to be on their side. The shock!
4. At this point the enemy is clearly confused, faintly whispering “he is one of ours, then!”… and
5. They give the Pope huge attention, repeating all over the world how he (erm… cough) sabotages Catholicism… At this point, when Francis has the world’s attention…
7. BLAM….. He attacks them with clear Catholic teaching!
I miss the BLAM phase; but that is meant to be in the future, I am sure…
For today, I notice this is the same as saying Churchill should have started to teach the superiority of the Aryan race during WW II, and perhaps made one or three laws against the Jews, in order to surprise the confused Wehrmacht soldiers….
It’s not even twisted, or immensely stupid anymore. It’s just plain funny.
Wins the Pollyanna Championship hands down.