“Francis Should Relocate To Avignon”

“Francis Should Relocate To Avignon”

[The Papal Palace (Palais des Papes) is still there (actually two palaces joined together: the “old” one of Benedict XII – early 1300s – and the “new” one of Clement VI – mid-late 1300s) awaiting the return of the (anti-)pope]

From Gloria.TV News for 9/28/17

The U.S. political analyst Edward Luttwak, who was born in a Jewish family in Romania and once taught at the Jesuit Georgetown University, claimed that the Pope is more important in Italy than the prime minister. Speaking to Radio 24 he said: “In Italy, the majority of the citizens does not want more immigrants while the Pope wants this. Who will win? The Pope”, Luttwak answered. Therefore he proposes to Francis to relocate to Avignon because in France there is separation between State and Church. Quote, “This way, Italy would finally be free.”

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One comment on ““Francis Should Relocate To Avignon”

  1. Captain Kirk: Mister Spock! Pope Francis annoying Italians by scolding them into handing over their country to invaders….should Pope Francis move to Avignon? Analyze, using your usual superior Vulcan logic which we no longer call “superior” to avoid triggering sensitive liberals and progressive Social Justice Warriors less familiar with Aristotelian logic, due to changes in curriculum, who might consider such displays of logic to be oppressive microaggressions and signs of excessive rigidity.

    Spock: Fascinating, Captain. The Avignon Papacy lasted from 1309 to 1376 A.D. when seven popes reigned from the papal palace in Avignon, France, dubbed by critics as the “Babylonian Captivity of the Papacy” also giving rise to the Western Schism which lasted from 1378 to 1417, until being resolved by the Council of Constance in 1418. If the Holy Father likes escargot and women who do not use deodorant, perhaps he could get used to the rigid separation of Church and State required by the secular Republic in France.

    Captain Kirk: Wouldn’t Brigitte Bardot object to having the Pope’s progressive anti-Western policies imposed in France?

    Mike Brady: Oh, that could be a problem…

    Father Mulcahy, S.J.: She was very good in The Bride Is Much Too Beautiful with Louis Jourdan and in Jean-Luc Godard’s Le Mépris. Father Gannon at Fordham had us analyze the subplot of the reworking of the script for Fritz Lang’s adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey in Le Mépris in a seminar with Mark Van Doren. He objected to Jack Palance’s interpretation of Homer. Of course, Derrida would have approved.
    Miss Bardot also raised some eyebrows in Manina, the Girl in the Bikini while winning the disapproval of the Legion of Decency. C’est la vie.
    But Pope Francis has taken such a progressive position in Amoris Laetitia, that shouldn’t really be a problem now.

    Hans Küng: I would like to address that…

    Sister Mary Benedict: Perhaps the Holy Father could revive the Novus Ordo and the modernist Spirit of Vatican II in France.

    Father Fitzgibbon: Do the French like Bingo?

    Father O’Malley: Bergoglio could always relocate the papacy in Monte Carlo…

    Captain Kirk: Could he do that, Mister Spock?

    Spock: Possibly, Captain. This Pope seems to think that he can do whatever he wants.
    Of course, moving the papacy to Monte Carlo could help out the Vatican Bank.

    Captain Kirk: Monte Carlo? There are beach condos there, aren’t there, Mister Spock?

    Captain Kirk: Are you in the market for a vacation home, Jim?

    Robin: Holy roulette wheels, Batman!

    Batman: All the more reason to catch up on your Latin homework at Fordham Prep, Robin.

    Robin: Gosh, I know it, Batman.

    Batman: If you’re not translating Cicero, Virgil, Horace, Tacitus, and Livy every night, and working on those Latin subjunctive verb forms for conditional clauses, what happens to civilization, Robin?

    Robin: Gosh, I really don’t know, Batman.

    Batman: We can never do enough Latin homework, Robin. Always remember: civilization begins or falls with whether we are learning the proper Latin case endings. That goes for ancient Greek as well.

    Father Mulcahy, S.J.: Sound advice. In Monte Carlo, Avignon, or Westchester County.

    Reverend Neuhaus: That’s my opening….Forgive me for interrupting again as aggressive and pushy professional Protestant converts sometimes do, but speaking as a semi-recovering former Lutheran familiar with the pitfalls of eliminating reason and logic from discussions of religion, this might be a good time to discuss the Naked Public Square in modernity, Max Weber’s concept of disenchantment in modern culture, and Professor Taylor’s secularization theories….

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