‘Poisoned meatballs’ thrown at the Pope

‘Poisoned meatballs’ thrown at the Pope

‘As the Ordinary Synod on the Family continues its work, confusion and scandal spread among the faithful. Catholics are concerned that some members of this body of apostolic successors, under the guidance of the Pope, are seeking to endorse homosexual relationships, effectively question the indissolubility of marriage, and permit the distribution of the Holy Eucharist to the unrepentant.’

Those words are contained in a petition that calls on conservative cardinals and archbishops to stage a walkout from the shambolic synod, currently taking place in Rome.

According to this report, within hours of being posted, the petition gained more than 1,600 signatures.

Observers in Rome and on social media began talking of “chaos”, and headlines such as “showdown in Rome” began to appear on well-informed conservative websites.

The petition came as Italian papers are reporting that opponents of attempts to liberalise the Church are throwing “poisoned meatballs” in a bid “to weaken the charisma and strength of Francis”.

They claim that opponents are attempting to corner the Pope in a battle between liberals and conservatives. The reports also claim that much of the opposition to the Pope comes from conservatives in the United States.

The “Canon 212” petition, which now has over 1,900 signatures, concludes:

We faithfully request that each and every faithful Catholic bishop at the Synod, having made every effort to resist these attacks on Christ’s teaching, if its direction remains unaltered and those faithful voices remain unheard, do his sacred duty and publicly retire from any further participation in the Synod before its conclusion so as to prevent greater scandal and confusion.

Those bishops who remain as participants, accepting this process and its outcome, must certainly bear responsibility for whatever confusion and sin may result among the Catholic faithful from what would be the disastrous fruits of the synod.

The brouhaha stems from the argument put forward by some German bishops and others that people who have had a civil remarriage after a divorce should no longer be barred from Holy Communion and other sacraments. Many people believe this ruling is cruel and inhumane and causes unnecessary suffering among innocent victims of adultery and betrayal.

But conservatives believe the ruling must be rigidly enforced because they believe it represents faithfully what Jesus taught about the indissolubility of marriage.


The liberal tone at the Synod was criticised by senior bishops including Australia’s Cardinal George Pell, above. In his intervention, he said:

We have no power to change the central teachings of the New Testament or the essential teachings of popes and councils. We are not like Moses, and while we are the successors of the apostles, we are not their equals.

Pell added:

Too many have lost confidence in Jesus’s doctrines and doubt or deny that mercy is found in his hard moral teachings. The crucified Jesus was not afraid to confront society, and he was crucified for his pains, teaching his followers that life is a moral struggle that requires sacrifices, and his followers cannot always take the easy options. He did not tell the adulterous woman to continue in her good work, but to repent and sin no more.

This coming Sunday, Pope Francis will canonise Louis and Zélie Martin, the parents of St Thérèse of Lisieux. American author George Weigel, Chair in Catholic Studies, said the canonisation represented “living proof that sanctity in marriage is possible in modernity” and argued that their example applied to all.

Weigel warned that the direction the synod was taking would create:

An entire, vast class of second-class Catholics: people whose leaders think them incapable of greatness and immune to the attraction of heroic sanctity; people who thereby come to think of themselves that way.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, also a conservative, wrote on his blog that those who remained faithful to Catholic teaching were a new “minority” in danger of feeling excluded.

They are looking to the Church, and to us, for support and encouragement, a warm sense of inclusion. We cannot let them down.

19 responses to “‘Poisoned meatballs’ thrown at the Pope”

  1. Head Teacher says:

    Nice to see the catlicks tearing themselves to shreds.But if god is so powerful and correct and all seeing and omnipresent and capable of transmitting his instructions by revelation why has he not revealed a consistent message to all at the synod? The answer of course is obvious … But nonetheless its fun to watch … its like watching pissed up halfwits down the pub arguing about whether MUFC is superior to Barca or whether Jordans tits are better than karcrashians ballooning arse.

  2. Broga says:

    Frankie is between a rock and a hard place. He could nail his colours to the conservative position and watch their demented demands being ignored by almost all RCs. Or go down the liberal route and see his Church moulder into a version of the C. of E.

    I guess he will pick the conservative position as it offers a definition. Whatever, he decides the casuistry to make a square peck fit into a round hole will provide much entertainment. At least by those untouched by whatever he decides.

  3. Ivan says:

    Meanwhile, over in Chicago, in a further case that is said to be part of a trend that some are calling a public health crisis as more and more patients rely on religious hospitals for medical care, a Catholic hospital is refusing to treat a woman on religious grounds after the doctors were over-ruled by clerics:

  4. 1859 says:

    ‘….immune to the attraction of heroic sanctity…’ What a classic phrase…I’m ….I’m gobsmacked! Really! ‘Cos – what the fuck does it mean ???? Has anyone ever seen some of this ‘heroic sanctity’? Can I buy a bottle? Or does it come in packets? Who sells it? It must be worth a bob or two. And if you do find some, it looks like I might even be ‘immune to its attraction’ ! Holy crap! After shelling out a fortune to get some, I will have to sit there unable to touch a drop! Sheer Hell and no mistake! In conclusion I would say that I am a lot better off without any ‘heroic sanctity’.

  5. sailor1031 says:

    1900 out of 1.2 billion catholics? give me a break! I will have even less respect (that would be a negative quantity) for pope Fluffy if he lets himself be bullied by this absolutely insignificant group of fascists.

  6. Robster says:

    Pell’s reputation in Australia has dissolved into a nasty soup of innuendo as a result of really poor if not criminal behaviour. If this silly twerp is advising the vacuous Vatican on anything more than cooking up money laundering opportunities, that would be a bigger threat to the corporation’s well being than the gaggle of brain dead adult men running the charade.

  7. AgentCormac says:

    I was appalled yesterday morning to hear Chris Evans (BBC Radio 2’s popular breakfastshow host with an audience of millions) claim, unchallenged, on air that the pope is one of the few ‘truly good’ men in the world. Do these people ever read the papers or listen to the news? Do they ever have the intelligence or integrity to stop and think what exactly it is that this ‘truly good’ man represents and his organisation does? (Rhetorical question, BTW – as clearly they don’t.) It seems to me that religiots like Evans are free to evangelise with impunity on the BBC – over to you, Broga!

  8. Broga says:

    @AgentCormac: I wonder what the effect would have been if Evans, or someone similar, had said the Pope was misleading millions into superstition and cruelty. I think we know the answer.

  9. barriejohn says:

    Re Chris Evans. Who’s the bigger fucking idiot in this clip?

  10. Stephen Mynett says:

    Robster, an Aussie friend suggested that George Pell makes Bill Donohue look like an honest liberal.

  11. AgentCormac says:

    That clip is unbelievable! Evans has Sentamu on his radio show a lot (probably he feels like he’s getting close to real power!) and fawns over the deluded, attention-seeking god botherer like a schoolgirl.

  12. barriejohn says:

    AgentCormac: I have it on god authority that the Ginger One has wet dreams involving the archbishop (not something that one would wish to dwell upon for too long!). And I see that Sentamu is still collarless, and Mugabe is still in power, with an even stronger hold over his country. The Power of Prayer at work once again!

  13. AgentCormac says:

    ‘I have it on god authority…’
    In this context, a pefect typo, barriejohn!

  14. Angela_K says:

    There exists a culture of uncritical religious promotion at the BBC and I suggest the Beeb may even encourage proselytising. Even BBC local Radio is not free of religious propaganda, giving airtime to any faith-head to spread their nonsense and of course Sunday mornings are hijacked by christianinsanity. As for Evans, odious tosser is an apt description.

  15. Trevor Blake says:

    “We have no power to change the central teachings of the New Testament or the essential teachings of popes and councils.”

    Except for indulgences being condoned then condemned. And except for married clergy being forbidden then allowed (when the married clergyman converts from C of E to RCC). And except for purgatory and limbo blinking in and out of existence. And except for blessing then cursing slavery. And except for antagonism then sympathy to Jews. Except for all the times they did change the central teachings of the New Testament or the essential teachings of popes and councils, they definitely cannot change the central teachings of the New Testament or the essential teachings of popes and councils.

  16. dennis says:

    rcc’s world is still flat. my catholic neighbor is all in a tither about the synod of the family. she just loves the idiot dolan.

  17. Vanity Unfair says:

    ‘This coming Sunday, Pope Francis will canonise Louis and Zélie Martin, the parents of St Thérèse of Lisieux. American author George Weigel, Chair in Catholic Studies, said the canonisation represented “living proof that sanctity in marriage is possible in modernity” and argued that their example applied to all.’

    Louis and Zelie Martin were married from 1859 to 1877 when Zelie died.
    I suppose that to historians this happened in the Modern period but to anyone else the description will seem somewhat jarring, being about 140 – 150 years ago.

    During that time she bore nine (single-birth) daughters in a fifteen year period while running a lace-making business. This cannot have have helped her health but, being a good Catholic she would not have complained: not that complaining would have done any good, anyway. Is this the example to be followed?

    ‘[L]iving proof…’: you might not have noticed but they are dead.

    I know the RCC is still scrambling to catch up with Mendel and Darwin but can it be true that parents inherit sanctity from their offspring? It, surely, is not possible that they sanctified the wrong person first.
    There is no doubt that St. Therese deserved canonisation; you only have to read her autobiography. She spent most of her life praying for help for priests and look what happened when she stopped.

  18. Peter Sykes says:

    “Psycho babble” comes to mind, all the rage theses days…