#Father #Spadaro makes #a #hash of his #arithmetic. Now, about that expenses claim, Father...
Of course, this is not a new question. The famous "Kasper proposal" was that 1+1+1 should equal 2, at least in the context of marriage, provided the numbers had been properly accompanied and allowed to discern that their consciences were really telling them to do whatever they pleased.
Four (or was it five?) cardinals, including Raymond Burke, have already entered the debate, proposing five or six dubia for the Pope to answer:
1. What is 2+2? Is the doctrine expressed in Pope Henry IV part 2's encyclical Numerorum Morsus ("Number crunching") that 2+2 equals 4 still valid?
A subtle attempt to persuade the faithful of Westminster.
2. If a hen and a half lays an egg and a half in a day and a half, how long would it take a hen to lay ten and a half eggs?
3. How many beans make five?
4. Antonio Spadaro can dig a pit in six hours, Blase Cupich takes twelve, and Joe Tobin takes eighteen. How long would it take them together to dig a pit large enough to bury them all? Can we try it?
5. What is 10+10? Is it 100 or 101? (Sorry, the pope doesn't answer binary questions.)
6. How long, O Lord, how long?
"How many fingers am I holding up? Yes, five."
Pope Francis has reacted furiously, and is said to be boiling with rage and questioning the mental health of anyone
who asks for clarification about the new Catholic arithmetic. Having failed with his recent attempt to invade Malta
in order to
get his own back at Cardinal Burke obtain justice for the sacked health minister
Albrecht von Lagerlout, the pope is seriously considering a nuclear strike on the USA, in the hope of annoying both Trump and Burke.
Meanwhile, here is the EcclespollTM prediction of the result of the Synod on 2+2.
60%: the answer is 5 (merciful, liberated Catholics).
20%: the answer is anything you want it to be (Jesuits).
19%: the answer is 4 (nasty, rigid, traditional Satanically-inspired Catholics).
Probably the only reasonable reaction to Fr Spadaro.