pain is the staff of life

les caves* du vatican

Posted in Uncategorized by ruthanzo on April 4, 2010

Oh dear. This looks like a good time to bet on the demise of the Catholic Church. I would have thought the Church was too big to fail but the hedge-fund managers will decide. As a lapsed catholic who enjoys the liturgy and the architecture from time to time, paying as I go, I can only hope the Pope and his cardinals have, for once, covered their butts..If the Vatican’s bankers call in their loans, the way things are going with the sex-abuse lawsuits, this could be it. “There’s a fire in the priory..”  Why it was only a few weeks ago that Benedict 16 tended a welcoming hand to conservative Anglicans offering them ’emergency shelter’ from the likes of female and gay bishops etc. Now Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has retaliated with negative comments about the bad reputation of the Catholic Church in Ireland besmirching the wearing of the collar by clergy on the Emerald Isle. Meanwhile in the Emerald City, everything goes. Dog collars, red shoes, pointy hats and capes.

* french-canadian slang for a stupid person.

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  1. Campbell- lapsed anglican said, on April 4, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    There is a siege mentality in Vat city.
    If I ever were to embrace organised religion I am drawn to Catholicism. Not only for the liturgy but also for the notion of absolution.
    It would appear that Benedict has more than egg on his face.
    If confession is good on an individual basis then why not for the Curiae ?
    BTW I believe umbrage is used incorrectly. One takes umbrage at something, as in ” I take umbrage with what the Pope is saying” . It puts one in a vexatious state of dudgeon.
    But i do digress.
    It makes me pine for roly poly John XXIII or even that Myron Cohen lookalike Paul VI.

  2. Glenn - escaped Catholic (somehow escaped abuse though he grew up in Newfoundland and Catholic, although maybe mental counts, and I want my time back for those morality classes.) said, on April 6, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Maybe les caves will cave in and like any scared mob, they’ll send their big boss up the river.

    Wasn’t it Benedict giving emergency shelter to priests with welcoming hands that’s REALLY fueling this fire?

    I want a sequel to La Mort du Pape.

    What colour cross will tower over the Plateau?

    Anyone know the lyrics to Jailhouse Rock
    in latin?

  3. matthieu said, on April 15, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    La politique est au coeur du vatican depuis que le catholicisme est devenu la religion de l’empire romain.
    J’ai souvent pensé qu’on comprenait beaucoup mieux les choses, du côté des religions ” organisées “, en les déplaçant sur le terrain de la politique : le dogme est d’abord une question de pouvoir. Donc une question politique. On ” garde ” le dogme. Le conservatisme est, par conséquent, inhérent à l’Eglise. Quand on garde, on cache tout ce qui s’échappe, non ? Les secrets, les violences, les tabou.
    Ce qu’il en sort, parce qu’il y a toujours des fuites d’eau, c’est une bien hypocrisie bien moche, un ruisseau boueux. Une pratique archaique de la politique, sans intérêt, qui détruit plus qu’elle ne construit. On dit que Benoit XVI est un pro de la philo, un érudit. J’ai du mal à y croire.
    C’est con, mais je crois que je vais me faire apostasier. L’apostasie, c’est un bien joli mot pour dire que ” je veux qu’on enlève mon nom des registres de l’Eglise “. Mais Il me restera toujours Fauré, Duruflé, Paul Claudel – ce bigot qui a écrit de belles choses. Il me restera l’ave maria de gounod, bach bien sûr, si l’on pense ” chrétien “. Et tellement de choses encore.

    J’ai cru en dieu comme un enfant croit en dieu. Puis je me suis rapidement rangé du côté des athés. Pourtant, je garde des souvenirs très forts de concerts, à l’église, lorsque ma mère chantait dans un choeur. Mon petit frère s’endormait sur le banc, et J’écoutais le ” pie jesu ” de fauré, me demandant comment cette musique, si émouvante, avait pu être écrite.

    Fauré croyait en dieu. Pas moi. Mais je crois en Fauré.

    Désolé, je n’aurais pas pu écrire ça en anglais.

    Bises à tous,

    Matthieu


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