This is me, Eccles

This is me, Eccles
This is me, Eccles

Sunday, 10 May 2020

Catholics encouraged to celebrate Ramadan

Imam Al-Nichols, also known to Catholics as Vincent, Cardinal Nichols, explained today that he was celebrating Ramadan at home since "What are Muslims but Catholics with a bit more money?"

Vincent Nichols

Al-Nichols recycles his Father Christmas beard so as to be more ecumenical.

Daily life in the Nichols home is now a very Spartan affair, similar to that of a devout Muslim. A huge plate of bacon and eggs just before dawn, and then it's only fast food during the daytime (jumbo offalburgers, fish and chips, Westminster fried chicken). Then at sunset he is able to recover with a huge tankard of Medina beer ("the drink of the prophet").

"'Ramadan' is the Arabic word for 'Lent'," explains al-Nichols. "Some of my critics have pointed out that Catholics are still celebrating Easter, but how can that possibly be more important?"

Medina beer

Yes, there really is a Medina beer.

Being a "Mecca II" Muslim, al-Nichols is more liberal than most. He reads the Koran every day, but it is a "Message Koran". This omits the bits about slaying the infidel, replacing them by advice to write a stern letter to the Tablet acknowledging that all shades of opinion are equally valid. Also, the Imam-Cardinal does not believe in "ad Meccam" prayer, preferring to show his back to the Holy City.

When it comes to morals, al-Nichols continues to take a liberal attitude. Having in the past shown favour to "gay Masses", he is very keen to see similar events including Muslims, but "this is a long-term project".

When critics point out that Mohammed does not have such an impressive CV as Jesus Christ, the Son of God, al-Nichols has an answer for them. "It's an ecumenical matter," he explains. "Anglicans worship Henry VIII, don't they, and he was an even more bloodthirsty chap! Justin Welby and I are one on this matter."

Westminster Cathedral

Westminster Mosque.

It is not clear how many Muslims have been drawn into the Catholic Church by al-Nichols's initiative, or whether there has been any great movement in the other direction. The Catholic bishops are still keeping all the churches closed, and nobody knows what is going on inside at present. However, bearing in mind that al-Nichols is a keen football fan ("soccer" if you are American), we do note that there are 22 dioceses in England and Wales, and 22 men in a football match (plus the Nuncio acting as a referee). We leave readers to draw their own conclusions about the cries of "Over here, John!" "Good shot, Richard!" "You dirty fouler, John!" "You're offside, Malcolm!" "Where's your glasses, Nuncio?" "Dive, Bernard!" and "Goal!" which many have heard on walking past the theoretically-empty cathedral.

Nichols the Hindu

Now, about Hinduism...

7 comments:

  1. What next ? Communism ?

    Were Stalin and Mao Tse-Tung just mixed-up, ordinary guys, out on a Saturday night looking out for a good night's total slaughter ?

    Nick Baby must be living in Cloud Cuckoo Land, Bless his Scarlet thingyamajig on top of his top-knot.

    God Help Us if, and when, he gets the nod at the next Stitch-Up at The Vatican.

    If that happens, we'll have to leave our houses at 2000 hrs, every Thursday evening, to stand in the street and CLAP !!!

    You, honestly, could not make this up, could you ?

    Where's the nearest Monastery ? I'm off !!!

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  2. It's good to know the Archbishop of Corby is still amongst us.

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  3. Some modernist clerics prefer a glass of hummus with paprika for their pre dawnofmercy breakfast and then they spend an hour studying the Koran looking for loopholes.

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  4. Ah yes, it's an ecumenical matter. My good friend and mentor, the celebrated Prebendary Brooke Lunn (who discussed with Cardinal Hume the case for an Anglican RC personal prelature as early as 1984) told me over the breakfast table in Holy Trinity vicarage in Stroud Green one day, how he had gathered a group of ladies of the parish together for a session on basic church knowledge. His opening question was, "Can you name a significant Anglican person?" To which came a tentative answer from a Church Warden: "The Pope?" Half a dozen ladies added their assent, "Oh yes, the Pope..." while others looked alarmed but were unable to mentally organise their ideas into a cogent objection. I just remember the shock on the face of Father Lunn as he recounted it next day, over breakfast. I don't think he ever recovered, but he stopped asking his flock any further questions. Soon after I discovered Taizé and it was no longer my problem.

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  5. Now I come to think of it, Westminster Cathedral does look a bit like a mosque... G. K. Chesterton, in 1915, told a friend that the Germans had actually done what he had described in his book The Flying Inn (published in 1914) 'as a wild fancy' - 'combined the Cross and the Crescent in one ornamental symbol'. He meant, of course,the swastika.

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    1. It's architectural style is neo-Byzantine. A style which would be plagiarized by the Turks after sacking Constantinople. Then again, they didn't really invent a new religion either. They just plagiarized existing ones.

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  6. As pagans sing in the 1958 #1 hit song:
    Ooh ee ooh ah ah ting tang walla walla bing bang

    Or as...
    Al-Nichols roughly translates into Ramandan-Latin meaning:
    Ooh ee ooh ah ah ting tang walla walla bing bang

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