Actual Headline: “Pope Francis Explains How to Put Up With Annoying People”

Actual Headline: “Pope Francis Explains How to Put Up With Annoying People”

Steve Skojec
November 16, 2016

The surreality of covering Church news these days is occasionally hilarious.

Rome Reports is running a short piece today under the headline, “Pope Francis Explains How to Put Up With Annoying People“.

I am not making this up:

This week he spoke of one work of mercy that was of much interest: patiently enduring annoying people.


“Immediately we think: How long will I have to endure the laments, gossip, petitions or arrogance of this person?”

He recalled God’s patience with the Israelites in the Old Testament and in the New Testament, he remembered the pressure Christ received from the mother of two of his own disciples.


“She said to him, ‘Make my two sons sit one on your right and one on your left in your Kingdom.The mother was lobbying for her children.”

The pope said that when it comes to putting up with annoying people, one must remember how many times others have endured their own annoying habits.

He also said this work of mercy offers the opportunity to correct those who are wrong and teach those who mess up or are not aware.

The irony. The absurdity. It’s amazing.

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3 comments on “Actual Headline: “Pope Francis Explains How to Put Up With Annoying People”

  1. Master Po: Grasshopper, do we impugn the Black Widow who kills her mate, or the pupfish who eats its offspring? But the master has mercy on you. You are dubious of my joy, but cannot see your own rigidity. You are insecure. Your mockery is a defense mechanism. Your neo-Pelagian tendencies and white privilege reveal how you will one day use the air conditioner to inveigh against nature. Here, just take the dang pebble and depart. Never darken my towels again.

  2. Master Po: What is troubling you, Grasshopper?

    Kwai Chang: I am confused, Master. I thought that Catholics could only get married once.

    Master Po: Ah, Grasshopper, this Bronze Age desert morality of Bedouin and Israelite camel herders has worn out its welcome in the modernist fever swamps of Buenos Aires and in the salons of Commonweal and The National Catholic Reporter. A more enlightened progressive view of Situation Ethics now reigns.

    Kwai Chang: But it seems unfair to the women who will be abandoned by their husbands now that the divorced will be welcomed to Holy Communion. What will happen to the discarded women of broken marriages?

    Dr. Strangelove: Ziss ist a problem für local ordinaries and pastors to sort out and deal with, ja.

    Hans Küng: I would like to address that and issue a microaggression warning….

    Father Mulcahy, S.J.: There is a course on Bernard Lonergan and the crisis of modernity at Fordham this semester…

  3. Father Karras, S.J.: We studied the neo-Kantian transcendental turn at Fordham, and Professor von Hildebrand’s and Father Lauer’s courses were quite challenging, but the new directives on divorce and Holy Communion are confusing, Father.

    Father Karras, S.J.: Perhaps if we did a case study of the background of all of her marriages…

    Father Merrin, S.J.: There can be only one.

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