habemus papam

from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

Habemus papam” is the title of an Italian movie comedy first shown in 2011, which earned the director Moretti a Golden Palm nomination at that year’s Cannes Film Festival. It is about a fictional conclave of cardinals convened to elect a new pope, which repeatedly fail to produce a clear choice. As the ballots are read, some of them are heard mumbling: “Please, Lord, not me.” Very funny, I guess.

By now everybody knows that Habemus papam is Latin for “We have the pope“. I started with the movie because one of the images, previously used on Fog of

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Chaos, had that title and at the time I found it puzzling. Should it have been – I have a pope? Pope had me? Now I think that perhaps the actress played one of the shy cardinals. The image is here again; in my opinion better than any image I have seen so far of Francis. For example, I fail to detect any compassion or humility in his eyes, but then, what would I know about the XXI century Christian precepts or priests’ eyes?

The interest our thoroughly secular media show in that supposedly dying and irrelevant religion is amazing. Many experts on Christian theology, who can’t agree with each other what fish ought to be eaten with Holy Communion Chardonnay, are convinced that they are qualified to advise the head of 1.2 billion strong Catholic community what he ought or ought not to do. The main stream media wait for a direction from The Guardian. For them, of course, the only acceptable Pope would be an amalgam of Trotsky and Sandra Fluke. One can be sure that if the new Pope is praised by The Guardian, then Christianity is in a deep trouble.

Lacking a directive, anything anti-Christian goes. I intended to insert here a made-up sarcastic quip about a defrocked homosexual pederast pontificating on a true meaning of the Christ’s teaching on ABC (ALP propaganda channel), but once again, Mark Steyn beat me to it and he didn’t even have to make it up:

The Washington Post, their coverage of the new Pope, was to basically hold a conclave of their own, of all the people who were excluded from the official conclave, which is just for old, white European men. And so they had people who, they quoted one of them who said she is a Catholic, she enjoys being a Catholic, she takes her Catholicism seriously, she married a fellow Catholic woman, and they took their Catholicism so seriously that they were married by an ex-nun. [Mark Steyn On the media reaction to the new Pope]

Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus!

Descriptions by the medial theological experts of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the first non-European pope are particularly grating. Perhaps one day they will find out that the birthplace of the first ever Pope, St Peter’s, was Galilee which, surprise, surprise, it is not in Europe and that there since then were many others:

Pope Saint Evaristus: Bethlehem, modern-day West Bank
Pope Saint Anicetus: Emesa (today known as Homs), Syria
Pope Saint Victor I: Leptis Magna, modern-day Libya
Pope Saint Miltiades: Somewhere in North Africa
Pope Theodore I: Jerusalem, modern-day Israel and West Bank
Pope John V: Antioch, then Syria but today part of Turkey
Pope Sisinnius: Syria
Pope Constantine: Syria
Pope Gregory III: Syria

It is unlikely though they will ever find out that the Pope is Catholic.

Knowing little about modern Jesuits, I turned to… I’m almost ashamed to write it, an expert:

There has never before been a Jesuit Pope. That in itself is not a negative factor, but the recent behaviour of some Jesuits is. In the past the Society of Jesus has produced some of the Church’s greatest thinkers and missionaries. In recent years, in the Australia and the US at least, it has declined into a kind of PC knitting circle.

If you are not sure what I mean, pay a visit to the Jesuit website eurekastreet.com.au. You might as well be reading Crikey!, or the Melbourne Anglican. Just as with those outlets, you know in advance that the position taken on any social or political issue will be that of the Labor left/Greens. An organisation that offers an encomium on the virtues of Hugo Chavez, and quotes Bertolt Brecht while doing so, has lost any capacity for rational thought.

The Jesuits in South America may be different, but while a cardinal, Pope Francis made some worrying comments about the redistribution of wealth, comments which resemble the inane demands that people who have taken risks and worked hard all their lives to produce value for others have an obligation to ‘give something back’ to people who haven’t. Popes are not infallible on matters of economics, but they may be influential. [Quadrant online ]

That does not look too promising. Maybe Francis is just a pretend Jesuit. Unkind people often say that Jesuits pretend that they are Jesuits. Let’s wait and see, for there is nothing else we can do and - they also serve who only stand and wait. [John Milton – On His Blindness]

In the meantime, “investigative journalists” of John Pilger’s school of impartiality are trawling the gutters, in the best tradition of that old joke about a foreign correspondent arriving at the scene of the currently fashionable disaster, walking around, waving a $100 bill and asking, “anybody here raped who speaks English?”

Now they are stalking Vatican, waving $1000 bill and asking, “anybody here raped by him and speaks English? Arabic? Latin? Spanish? Anyone at all?”

About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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7 Responses to habemus papam

  1. Xavier says:

    He may surprise us yet. It would be good for Catholic to get a honest pope.

  2. promero says:

    Great! I’ll pray for her.

  3. R2deetoo says:

    Great, thanks for sharing this blog article.Really looking forward to read more. Fantastic.

  4. back sling says:

    We will see how he turns out, but I am not holding my breath. Very likely he is a Marxist pope.

  5. techocrat says:

    I don’t like that new pope. He could be the last one.

  6. suiter case says:

    Marxism is the opium of envious masses.

  7. Lizi says:

    But just to be clea, many of us in the EO support the Bishop of Rome as the Primate of the Bishops, but not the iroarpnetetitn of the papacy that the Catholic church has developed over two Millenia.1. That sounds sort of as a contradiction. If you respect him as the Primate, the first of the Bishops of Christ’s Church, why do you not submit to his authority?2. It developed from the foundation of Christ’s Teaching. The position has developed in conformity to the development of the Church itself, which was a seedling and is now a full grown tree. In our parish many have expressed nothing but grace and good will towards Pope Francis, and I feel the same way.Wonderful! May that lead to good fruit in the future.And just an aside, Islam has more members than the Catholic Church, Debatable. Muslims in Christian countries are not in fear for their lives and don’t have to live underground (so to speak).Christians in Muslim countries can not reveal themselves for fear of their lives. Former Muslims in those countries, converts to the Christian faith or any other can not reveal themselves either.It was heard recently on Islamic Television:Synopsis from The American Thinker by James M. Arlandson.This translation of a televised conversation reveals a rare glimpse into the outlook of Muslim scholars who are concerned about Christianity’s growth. The invited guest is Sheikh Ahmad Al Katani; the president of The Companions Lighthouse for the Science of Islamic Law in Libya, which is an institution specializing in graduating imams and Islamic preachers.Katani starts off describing the overall problem:Islam used to represent, as you previously mentioned, Africa’s main religion and there were 30 African languages that used to be written in Arabic script. The number of Muslims in Africa has diminished to 316 million, half of whom are Arabs in North Africa. So in the section of Africa that we are talking about, the non Arab section, the number of Muslims does not exceed 150 million people. When we realize that the entire population of Africa is one billion people, we see that the number of Muslims has diminished greatly from what it was in the beginning of the last century. On the other hand, the number of Catholics has increased from one million in 1902 to 329 million 882 thousand (329,882,000). Let us round off that number to 330 million in the year 2000.As to how that happened, well there are now 1.5 million churches whose congregations account for 46 million people. In every hour, 667 Muslims convert to Christianity. Everyday, 16,000 Muslims convert to Christianity. Ever year, 6 million Muslims convert to Christianity. These numbers are very large indeed.and I think we both can agree that it doesn’t make them any more right…I truly feel sorry for the millions of Muslims upon whom, first Mohammed and then Uthman, perpetrated such a deception that has persisted so many centuries.

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