This is me, Eccles

This is me, Eccles
This is me, Eccles

Sunday, 5 February 2017

The writing on the wall

The people of Rome woke up yesterday to find the walls of their streets plastered with mysterious notices critical of Pope Francis. This is really most surprising, as everyone thought that he was doing so well, as a fair and just upholder of clear Catholic teaching, a humble man of mercy, and a just Duce of the Sovereign Order of Malta (now a Vatican colony).

writing on the wall

One of those scurrilous anti-Francis signs.

For those who find ancient Aramaic as clear as the teaching in Amoris Laetitia, we should explain that the signs say "Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin" which, roughly speaking, means "Dear Holy Father, would it be possible for you to reconsider one or two of your recent decisions? Thank you so much."

Mussolini poster

Antonio Spadaro has produced alternative posters showing the Pope in a better light.

Meanwhile, the Italian police are putting their best detectives onto the case of the mysterious signs, and they believe that the "Signor Grande" (Mr Big) may be a traditionally-minded Cardinal with Maltese connections, possibly wearing a Cappa Magna and speaking with an American accent. Do not approach this man - he may be dangerous.

Spiritually nourishing educational note: expert theologians tell us that the phrase "Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin" is in fact Biblical and, comes from the story of TimDolan's Feast.

Dolan eating as much as he can

You have been weighed in the balance - but it broke.


  1. Is this all Italian authorities have going on? Are they seriously "scanning surveillance videos" to determine who...put up posters?? Wow, must be nice to live in Italy where there's no crime going on. Since when is putting up posters a crime? Sounds like a regime.
    These people did a superb thing, they deserve our support. If I were there, I would have helped. Hmm...makes me wonder if a similar effort in other nations might not be a great idea...Imagine similar posters popping up in other places...right outside the Chancery, certainly...

  2. I've always wanted to go to Italy... missed the boat now..

  3. Printed on my church envelope - Exploiting Our Home: "Our sin is in exploiting the earth instead of allowing her to give us what she has within her." P. Francis
    So I wrote the check to Greenpeace.

  4. ". . . and they believe that the "Signor Grande" (Mr Big) may be a traditionally-minded Cardinal with Maltese connections, possibly wearing a Cappa Magna and speaks with an American accent. . ."

    Stop sitting on the fence, Eccles, and name names !!!

    You can't keep all your zillions of Readers "in Limbo" [is that term still "Kosher" and O.K. to use in today's "Modernistic Catholic Church", or has it been scrapped along with Mortal Sin, Hell, and The Four Last Things ?]

    We need to know names.

    Who is Mr Big ?

  5. I would have loved in on the action. And yes, you're right. It would be interesting if other "Where is your mercy?" Posters started popping up in other countries. If I had a moustache I'd thoughtfully and cunningly twiddle it.

  6. Very interesting post, dear Eccles. I read that Spadaro said Pope Francis is doing a good job if he's irritating people, which annoyed me no end. It seems the Pope thinks he's Sid Vicious or James Dean or someone rather than a unifier and leader of Christians. Its interesting because I also read that the posters were written in in working class dialect so it seems to be that decent hard working folk are the ones he's irritating because they'd rather not go to church at the end of a long week only to be berated for basically being Catholics.

  7. "Mene, mene, tekel" up your what?!??
    It is all too much, I'm going to have a sherry and think loving thoughts.
    (Save the Liturgy, Save the World)

  8. These posters on the walls are a great idea. Frankie claims that they don't bother him! He clearly is aware of them and so are a lot more people. Perhaps he might take more notice now.
    I loved the bit about them appearing on the walls at TimDolan's Feast. "All You Can Eat" Eh!