Vanity Fair

So very ‘umble, today he could be a Jesuit: Uriah Heep.




And it came to pass Francis got another occasion to put himself on the stage, with one of those kindergarten exercises that children of all ages (particularly those above Sixty) love so much. 

This time, Francis invited – as widely anticipated, and greeted with little cries of excitement by the usual groupies – the heads of both Israel and the Palestinian authority to Rome, to… well, that’s not very clear, actually. 

Did they pray together? No, they didn’t. They prayed in the same garden, but they clearly did not pray together. Nor did their delegations. Nor did, for all I know, the Rabbi, sorry, the Bishop of Rome. 

Besides ensuring that the two eat kosher-slash-halal, there’s not much that has, apparently, been done. But is it really so? Let’s see. 

1. The two chaps and their respective delegations got a nice holiday in Rome, in June. Rome is pretty nice in June, though it can be far too warm for serious tourism already. Alas, on this occasion a heat wave ensured a maximum temperature of 34 C. Damn! 

No, wait! They come from the Middle East! To them it was no more than a warm day, surely? 

2. The Destroyer got another stage. This is important to him. Without it he would, it is very clear by now, wither and die before long. 

3. The children of the world, of all ages, had another opportunity to feel beautiful. Why people who live so near to each other would need to fly to Rome to dialogue, or even to pray, they have certainly never wondered. All they want in life is some easy emotions, because their little brains can’t get the absurd theatre of all this. Did you like the circus, little ones? Don’t worry: Uncle Francis will soon have another surprise ready for you…

4. The only “result” of this little pantomime has been, though, a very disquieting message: Christ is not necessary for whatever peace one wants to achieve in this vale of tears, and Christianity is clearly inferior to heathen prayer. 

You see, Francis does not want to convert anyone! No, no, no! He thinks that not Christ, but prayer should be – actually behind him, and a bit on the left – at the centre of the meeting. The idea that a heathen’s prayer isn’t worth much does not touch his interreligious, but very kosher mind. He is happy to keep Christ out of the two men’s prayers, provided the two meet and pray together; erm,well, meet and pray… 

Francis has detached prayer from Christ. He wants you to pray, but he does not want that you pray to Christ. To him prayer is the main ingredient, and Christianity merely a spice; a flavour which he would not even dream of recommending to you. It’s like believing in Cinnamon. “Yeah, I’m a great fan of cinnamon, you know. Would I impose it on others? No, no, no!”.

This is the unavoidable consequence of these kindergarten exercises that want everyone to feel included, and exclude Christ the King in the process. 

This is also, of course, the result of a crowd-addicted clown, drunk on his own popularity and completely oblivious of his duties, at the helm of the Barque.

Francis’ pontificate has been up to now a huge Vanity Fair. 

Of the ‘umble kind, of course…



Posted on June 10, 2014, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. A question, Mundabor. If I were to pray for a certain intention, and I were to ask a Catholic friend on the other side of the globe to join me in praying for that intention, perhaps not simultaneously – as it may be the middle of the night there – but all the same to help me in praying for that specific intention over the course of that day or the next: would we say that the two of us have been joined together in prayer? Despite any dislocation in space and time? What if this friend were merely on the other side of a garden? Would that make any difference..?

    Did they pray together? Yes, they did. The Pope – Peter – has very publically joined heathens in their prayers to false gods. And he has shouted to the world that the prayers of those who explicitly deny Christ have merit. No childish plays at “separation” or weak disclaimers by Lombardi & co. that this is not syncretism – and thus an outrageous offence and scandal by a sovereign pontiff – make it any less so.

    • No, I do not think they have prayed together like in Assisi in 1986.
      If I pray for peace and aMuslim is praying for peace and aJew is praying for peace, each on his own, they are not praying together, they are merely praying simultaneously.

  2. I was quite pleased that the media didn’t seem too impressed by this stunt, no massive headlines nor front page pictures that I could see, I think it made page 8 in The Times!

  3. prudentissima

    Thank you for your work on this blog. In the grief that accompanies most of the current events in the Church and in the world, it is enough to know others have the same sorrows and hopes. Locally, the terms “circus” and “freakshow” apply while the crowd applauds… Jesus, Mary and Joseph! Help us.

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