Forget charming the crowds, how about promising to stop the boy buggering?

Pope Francis has set about charming the crowds according to The Telegraph. Perhaps he’d be better off telling the world how the catholic Church is going to set about stopping boy buggering and halting their cover-ups and how they are going to assist the authorities to hold to account their dodgy priests.

In his first Sunday appearance from the papal apartment overlooking St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis charmed a huge crowd by infusing the message of the Gospel with personal recollections and a smattering of humor.

He greeted the estimated 200,000 people who had crowded into the square for his first Angelus, a traditional prayer to the Virgin Mary, with a hearty “Buon giorno,” which was cheered. And he took leave of them with “Buon pranzo” — “Have a good lunch” — which was cheered even more.

His reflection was on mercy and God’s power to forgive. And he told the story of an elderly woman he had met in Buenos Aires two decades ago who believed this to be true.

“She told me: ‘If the Lord hadn’t forgiven all, then the world wouldn’t be here,’ ” the pope recounted. “And I wanted to ask her, ‘Ma’am, you didn’t happen to study at the Gregorian?’ ” — the oldest Jesuit university, founded by St. Ignatius in 1551 — because “that is wisdom regarding the mercy of God.” His comment drew laughter from the crowd.

“Let us not forget this word: God never tires of forgiving us,” he said.

Ernest Martinez, a Jesuit priest and, coincidentally, a retired professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, said the pope has “a great touch.”

Yeah I’m not sure with the history of kiddy fiddling the church has describing the Pope has having “a great touch” was wise.


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  • LabTested

    Can anyone please tell me what a Jesuit is and how their beliefs differ from main stream Catholics. – all joking aside, a serious question. (Google is not doing it today)

    • grumpy

      Those batshit crazy bastards who took Zaoui in were Jesuits……..

      • Phar Lap

        Yet he was an alleged Muslim terrorist.Perhaps Muslims should be tracked down as well with their murderous Sharia Law Hangings and mutilations ,as well as marrying young kids from nine years onwards.

    • God’s Marines. Formed in reaction to the Reformation, take a personal vow to obey the Pope. One of the co-founders (St Francis Xavier) could raise the dead. Have in recent times become a lot more liberal, so aren’t as scary as they used to be, though there are still a number of hard core ones (like the new pope).

      • jonno1

        I thought it also involved servanthood and simplicity of life.

        • I don’t know about that. Here’s a link to a wikipedia page on them : Society Of Jesus.

          …known colloquially as “God’s Marines”,[2] the latter being references to founder Ignatius of Loyola’s military background and the members’ willingness to accept orders anywhere in the world and to live in extreme conditions where required.

          The society is engaged in evangelization and apostolic ministry in 112 nations on six continents. Jesuits work in education (founding schools, colleges, universities and seminaries), intellectual research, and cultural pursuits. Jesuits also give retreats, minister in hospitals and parishes and promote social justice and ecumenical dialogue.

          … founding document would declare that the Society of Jesus was founded to “strive especially for the propagation and defense of the faith and progress of souls in Christian life and doctrine.”

          • jonno1

            Fair enough, my perception probably fits within the Wiki definition (evangelising, teaching, medical etc) but is just one part of their brief.

    • berenddeboer

      Jesuits were the most fanatic burners of heretics.

      • Somehow I doubt that.

        • berenddeboer

          I suppose you don’t celebrate Guy Fawkes, also known as the Jesuit Treason.

          • What can I say, but the kids like blowing things up.

          • sandynobb

            The burning of Archbishop Cranmer, responsible for the glory of the Book of Common Prayer, is remembered on 21 March, the anniversary of his martyrdom in 1556 by Mary. Latimer and Ridley also martyred earlier. Must re-read Foxe’s Book of Martyrs.

      • Gazzaw

        English Protestants under Henry VIII and Elizabeth I were the most fanatic burners of Jesuits. Fun times.

      • sandynobb

        Now where is my copy of Foxe’s Book of Martyrs?

  • grumpy

    When you have a business employing thousands of poofters, you will always get boy buggerers.
    Why not change the Catholic church to like the Protestants have – heterosexual married (to women) priests. They have far less boy buggerers.
    Just logic really.

  • ConwayCaptain

    WO Give the bloke a chance, he has only been in the job half a dog watch.
    He has put the Roman Curia on notice of a major reforms and I woulod suspect that the child abuse will be high on his list.
    I bet he cleans out the Italian Mafia that run the Vatican and brings in young Cardinals from around the world to re vitalise the Curia.

  • Blair Mulholland

    Dude, he’s been there a whole fucking week. Give him a chance!