a good thought for today: pope Formosus

…in 897, in what was called the Cadaver Synod. The corpse [of ex-pope Formosus] was disinterred, clad in papal vestments, and seated on a throne to face all the charges… The verdict was that the deceased had been unworthy of the pontificate. The Damnatio memoriae, an old judicial practice from Ancient Rome, was applied to Formosus, all his measures and acts were annulled and the orders conferred by him were declared invalid. The papal vestments were torn from his body, the three fingers from his right hand that he had used in consecrations were cut off and the corpse was thrown into the Tiber (later to be retrieved by a monk).

That’s from wikipedia. Why that happened is mostly irrelevant, only that it did happen.

Well, maybe we can tone it down a bit and just put the still-living Francis in a dunk tank a few dozen times while he wears a clown suit.

dunk tank

That’s if tarring and feathering are out of the question.

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11 comments on “a good thought for today: pope Formosus

  1. I’d be happy if the bishops just declared him (Jorge) a heretic and sent him off to some Argentinian Monastery somewhere to live out the rest of his days (hopefully he would have a conversion and do penance while there). Never to be seen or heard from again.

  2. Are you trying to tell us, Fred, that you’re not enjoying your little jog along the “peripheries?”

    Due to advanced papal age and health considerations, perhaps an alternative measure would be for the mayor of Rome to order the polizia to confiscate tango recordings, solemnly process them into the Coliseum and toss them into a pyre, accompanied by Gregorian Chant from the FFI choir?

  3. Dunk tanks and clown suits are probably part of his “pastoral” baptismal ceremonies.

    May his reign be short.

  4. I wonder what Michael Voris, churchmilitanttv, Catholic Answers, Jimmy Akin and others would say about this?

    A little too harsh perhaps?

    No, worse than that – utterly forbidden; because you are not allowed to question anything a Pope says or does.

    Perhaps in those days Catholics actually took time to fight for the Faith and stand up to error, WHEREVER they found it.

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