Dear Editor,

I have read around, inter alia from that nasty Italian blogger, Dealbabor, or something like that, about Pope Francis hiding Christ from the sight of the Jews, lest they be offended; and, thus, denying him in front of the Jews like once Peter.


Partial eclipse of the cross

Here, the Pope tries to extract the pectoral with a supreme effort, unusual for a man of his age.

 I am flabbergasted. Totally flummoxed. Still, particularly that Italian guy really lets me go into conniptions. In virtue of my role, I feel obliged to write a public answer to this nasty little Italian chap, Dealbabor, or whatever his name is.

Nasty little bastard!






Who is he to judge?

We all know how easy it is for a big, heavy pontifical pectoral to go and jump behind a Pope’s fascia!

We have seen it all the time. The net is, in fact, full of pictures of BXVI’s and JPII’s (let alone Pius XI’s and Pius XII’s) pectorals happily bouncing around, and hiding themselves behind some papal accoutrement with great energy and presence of spirit. Google it for yourselves. I am really full of it. I mean, the Internet is really full of it!


Partial eclipse of the Cross. Not sure if Francis helped the Rabbis to cook kosher.

Here, the Pope tries to starve the rebel pectoral; without success.The Rabbis follow the struggle with great interest. On a patriotic note, the mineral water is Ferrarelle. Excellent Italian choice, dear Rabbis!

You see: pontifical pectorals are not like any other pectoral. They have a life of their own. They just bounce around! Like kitten playing with the knitting wool ball. Like crickets after a double espresso. Like fleas at the sight of the taxman!

And they are very shy, the pontifical pectorals are. As shy as little children. When they see these severe Rabbis, with their ugly big beards on their ugly big faces, all dressed in black, obviously they will want to hide behind papa like a little child! Wouldn’t we all? Is it so difficult to understand?

Don’t we all know, all of us, that when a pontifical pectoral cross has become unruly it is notoriously difficult to take it out of wherever it has put itself? This, of course, at times forces the poor Bishop of Rome to meet his interlocutors with his crucifix well stuck, or even completely hidden, in the recesses of his habit! It forces him, d’you understand?  It stands to reason! Sheesh!

Granted: what a pity, that this should happen just as the Pope wanted – as is, I do not need to tell you, his first duty – bring Christ to those “with the wrong faith” (“wrong”: per; “faith”: fides; “with the wrong faith”: perfidus; successively, and by extension: “treacherous”, “betraying people’s faith in him or her”).

And in fact, this Pope is well-known and universally praised for his strenuous defence of extra ecclesiam nulla salus, and for his relentless fight against the moral relativism of our times. But you know that already, so I don’t even know why I am wasting time telling you that…

Oh, how Francis always thunders against those who believe that God’s Covenant with the Jews is still valid for them, and they therefore do not need Christ being brought to them! With what energy does this enlightened Pontiff quashes the blasphemous assertions of those who believe that atheists can be saved if they die in their atheism, provided they are in good faith! Have you not noticed, pray, his zeal of conversion of his best friend, the Rabbi, to Catholicism? How could anyone – like that nasty little Italian blogger, Dealbabor, or something like that – think that Francis’ sudden de-Christified appearance in front of all the Rabbis might have been anything else than… the product of a stubborn pectoral cross, jumping up and down and understandably afraid of very ugly beards on the face of very ugly men?


The Rabbi on our left looks with suspicion at the friar: “hhmm, Francis is always very kosher, but what is he covering with the hand? A pass? Or a… cross?”

Look: I have once seen a dissenting nun myself: I was also afraid at the sight of her beard! It happens to the best of us!

Seriously. This is so… so… so… uncharitable!

Surely, Christ was not offended? C.o.m.e. O.n.!

That Christ should be offended, who said so very clearly Jews do not need to be converted?! Only the others! I mean, it would be better if they did, wouldn’t it? Do you remember?

“I am one of two ways, one of two Truths, one of two Lives!” It’s so clear!

(Just a sec. Let me check this one on my smartphone…)………




Ahem. (Cough). Nice day anyway, isn’t it?




Oh! Sorry everyone!  Must dash now.

There are pontifical pectoral crosses jumping around everywhere here.

Keeping them in their place is such a stressful job.

Was nice to write to you anyway, Mr Editor.

Yours sincerely

Monsignor L. Iar

Curator Pectoralium Pontificalium



Posted on June 1, 2014, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. I see another saint i the making! (At least by today’s standards) Indefensible.

  2. Excellent post! As a young traditional Catholic who made the journey from fallen-away Catholic to conservative, to traditional minded, and finally to traditional Catholic, this is absolutely disgracefully. I just wanted to say how much I enjoy reading your blog and your commentaries on such things! Its a highlight in my day 🙂 On a side note, I was wondering, if you haven’t already, if you could make a quick post about Holy Innocents Church (only daily TLM in NYC) being on the list of parish closings in New York City. There’s a petition going around and they’re looking for more. If you could, please make a posting with this link:

    Thank you. God bless, and keep making great posts such as this one. Thanks again.

    • Thank you, Sir.
      You are making the right choices.
      As to the church, I have read it, but there are limits to what a one-man band like this one can play.

  3. My husband and I were discussing this and my 12 year old son said, “When I carry the cross at Mass, I only tip my head at the foot of the altar and do my best to make sure that i hold it straight, because the cross bows to no one. So why would the pope hide the cross for anyone?”

    Good question.

  4. The sovereign pontiff, sat on plastic chairs amongst men his body language seems to shout are his betters, crucifix carefully secreted (and who ever heard of such a terrible thing?)

    Why the hunched shoulders, and the deferential eyes? Are these images mischievous selections by some media outfit, or is this really how Peter comports himself amongst his “elder brothers in the faith”?

    Can any here imagine taking down the crucifixes and holy pictures in one’s home in order to please some guest? It would be sacrilege. And this, the Holy Father?

    Pope St Pius X, pray for us.

    • I would prefer a Pope with alpha male pose, but I understand this is not necessarily going to happen, and will not go as far as to examine his body language.

      Still, Bergoglio is an appeaser, a yes-man, and in short, a Jesuit.

      The chairs seem wooden to me (you can see the carving in one of them, and other wooden chairs in the background), but one notes the Pope is given a normal chair by the Rabbis.

      Which is par for the course if you consort with Rabbis in this familiar way.

      Which is inappropriate for a Pope.


  5. Dear Mundabor, yours is an excellent site. With regard to the disappearing crucifix, all I can say is that a truly humble man of the Church would be oblivious to the concerns of others when it came to any display of the faith. A dose of humble pie would be poison to this man.

    • The only humble pies he eats is the one with trimmings of press, TV and Pollyanna blogs, saying “Pope Francis is here in the act of humbly eating humble pie”.
      I suspect the meat would be kosher, too.

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