The following piece is satire.
SAINT JOSEPH’S CATHEDRAL, SAN DIEGO — Bishop McElroy was beaming during a recent convocation of San Diego’s priests and administrators. He had gathered his flock to announce that the inexorable logic of divine grace was about to produce a progressive reintegration: the canonization of England’s King Henry VIII, who famously broke with the Catholic Church in 1534 when he declared himself “the Supreme Head on earth of the Church of England.”
McElroy himself — a champion of Francis’ emphasis on “the way of mercy and reinstatement” — would open the famously flirtatious king’s cause.
“Divorced and remarried Catholics need a champion, someone to whom they can look for understanding. Someone who understands their suffering, and who is willing to intercede on their behalf with Jesus Christ. King Henry understands. He should; he was married six times! And because he was both married and the Head of the Church, who knows, he may be able to plead their case more eloquently than even our own Pontiff, who is single.”
Full piece on page 14 of The San Diego Reader.
How did the ditty go???
Divorced, Beheaded, Died; Divorced, Beheaded, Survived. (the fate of Henry’s 6 Wives)
I know it sounds a little gruesome, but then the experience of Divorce Court and Attorneys tends to make simple beheading sound like the more merciful (and less expensive) solution to marital discord.
Personally – I would recommend counseling first, but that might smack of ‘lessee majestie’ – and some things are simply too gauche for those not part of the Pantsuit for President Posse. Ahem
This is a joke, right? Bishop McElroy, however, might very well hold to something like this. Even if it is a joke, the position of Francis, and his beloved Germans, is this very point. Too bad that Christ, in speaking with the five-times married woman at the well, had a very different viewpoint. See, John 4:16-19.
Surely B. McElroy would have scolded St John the Baptist, when John told Herod Antipas that he could not marry, and have sex with, his brother’s wife. B. McElroy has little notion of “mercy” and will find this out, in the true fullness of time.
The way V2 is disintegrating is the author sure this is satire or rather a prediction of things to come?
Perhaps a St. Henry XIII could sanctify Pope Francis’ The Joy of Sex.
Ha, Ha, Ha, Chuckle Chuckle,
What a way to start out the New Year! Can you imagine Saint King Henry VIII as the Patron Saint of Divorced and remarried Catholics?
How long before McElroy turns 75? God Help us!
Also restore Henry’s title (which Pope Paul II revoked in 1530 after Henry’s schism) as “Defender of the Faith (i.e., according to Pope Francis)”
I am relieved to see that this piece is satire. But, could it be a future event ?
Methinks this is a meddlesome and nettlesome ordinary.
Some of us just can’t recognize humor when we see it? Come on folks. Its OK to lighten up once in a while. New Years is one of those times.
The illustration should truly make the liberals think and pray about all that is at stake. And by the way, the piece had me going, for a while, with the “name” of the “artist” being “Mort Alsin” (= mortal sin).
Fun and clever, with a crudity or two in the original, only one of which was necessary to the satire.
Now do Dorothy Day.
Reform or Revoke ?
1 Corinthians 6:10 , 1 Corinthians 6:8.1
……. Adulterers will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
How can the church Canonize and Patronize a person who lived in adultery? King Henry probably did not make it to Heaven.Therfore is not a saint. Bishop McElroy is sending the wrong message. He should pick a Saint who stick to his/her wedding vows thru thick and thin and not someone who lived an adulterous life style. We don’t want to encourage nor condone adultery. Rather, we want to encourage people to go to Heaven thru conversation, amending their lifestyle, and thru the sacrament of penance. Bishop Mc Elroy is creating a sense of falls mercy.
Mark Punto-it is satire. It is not true. It is fake.
this might be the opening salvo from the rumored ‘heresies rehabilitation project ‘ launched by la civilta cattolica using the ‘make a mess’ hermeneutic and an incisive ‘going to the periferies’ methodology. many theologies once condemned will be revisited to glean missed gems. in the past, doctrine and its approval emanated from vatican dicasteries. in the age of the non-hierarchical church twitter or just darn good journalism, even parish bulletins , will be the sourcepoints for the situational, now-this, now-that magisterium. arius might ride again, augustine quietly set aside as rigidly intolerant of pagan roman aesthetics.
With this current bishop it may not be a joke, it is a LIB diocese, I lived under Bishop Robert Brom when we had our TLM at the diocesan cemetery sitting next to marble coffins, but that is what one must do in order to attend the MASS OF ALL TIMES under a unfriendly bishop. Thank God San Diego now has a very very vibrant TLM at St. Annes under the direction of the F.S.S.P.
Edwin Newman, where are you when we need you?
Many new and strange things are on the horizon for 2017 – perhaps none stranger then the new language coming your way, compliments of those who are confused about their sexuality.
It used to be so simple – you were either a man or a woman, a girl or a boy; you were attracted to the opposite gender; and you called yourself a “he” or a “she.” But such pronouns as he, him, she, and her evidently are now passé –
According to various (non-family-friendly) websites, there are now at least 56 general sets of pronouns and hundreds of theme-based pronouns –
“It’s easy to mock it; it’s easy to…
Is this more of the Fruits of Vatican 2?
“Truth is stranger than fiction” – or satire!
While the above is parody, the following headline is true:
“Vatican Recognizes Martin Luther as ‘Witness to the Gospel'”
Read the story at
Is a “Witness to the Gospel” similar to a “Doctor of the Church”?