This is me, Eccles

This is me, Eccles
This is me, Eccles

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Pope Trek

Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Vatican. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new heresies, to develop new practices and new doctrines, to boldly teach what no man has taught before.

Pope Francis and Cardinal Tagle

"Live long and prosper!" The Captain and Mr Tuglu demonstrate the traditional Vulgan greeting.

Jorge T. Kirk: Pope's log, stardate 2017.4. We have beamed on board two aliens suffering from acute Heresitis: there's a sick lunar man and an omnisexual Martian, James Martian, no less.

James Martian: Bleep, bleep, bleep! The Holy Spirit's a woman! Mary Magdalen wore a dalmatic! God can learn a lot from us! Can I use the ladies' rest room, please?

Mr Spockaro, science officer: Fascinating!

Dr McCoccopalmerio: This behaviour is perfectly normal for some alien species, Jorge.

Captain: Excellent, give the man a job in communications!

James Martin

"Bleep, bleep, bleep!"

Captain: Pope's log, supplemental. Meanwhile, nobody on board knows where we're going, but my science officer, Mr Spockaro the Vulgar, has a theory.

Mr Spockaro: Jorge, I've reprogrammed the ship's computers to use the formula 2+2=5. It is the most logical solution.

Captain: So where are we?

Spockaro: Anywhere you'd like to be, Captain, provided that it's somewhere the Church hasn't been before.


Mr Spockaro is a master of the Vulgan Death Grip.

Mr Tuglu (urgently): Captain, Lieutenant U'Sarah has jumped ship. We think he may be heading for Cappa Magna to join the rebel Burkons.

Captain: Set course for Cappa Magna, Mr Tuglu. Warped Doctrine 8. Dr McCocco, any news on the health of Amoris Laetitia?

Dr McCoccopalmerio: She's dead, Jorge.

Captain: See if you can save some of her, "Boneheads". Her footnotes, at least.

Dr McCocco: Damnit, Jim, I'm a doctor, not a faith healer!

Spockaro: Captain, we're approaching Cappa Magna. Witless worms on the starboard bow.

Captain: Mr Spockaro, I want you to beam down with me. We'll take with us three red-shirted security personnel who can be conveniently wiped out, since we're the ones essential to the plot.

Tobin, Farrell and Cupich

The three expendable red-shirts. They never will be missed

Engineer Baldisseri (for it is he): Standing by, Captain, ta beam ye doon ta the planet!

Captain: Thanks, "Baldy", let's go! We'll shoot to kill, so set phasers on "Mercy".

Omnes: ♫ We're Pope Trekkin' across the universe,
Boldly going forward, still can't find reverse. ♫

(From Kevin Mayhew's Bad Hymns for the 22nd Century).

Spockaro and Tuglu join in the sing-song.

How will the Captain and Spockaro fare when they land on Cappa Magna? Will they succumb to an epidemic of Familiaris Consortio virus? Or will it simply wipe out the three expendable red-shirts? Why has "Baldy" filled the transporter room with stolen books? Have we heard the last of James Martian? Does General Sosa of the Jesuites still reject the Gospels, or has he found some tricorder readings dating from the 1st century? Finally, what role will be played by a three-foot gnome called Ivereigh?


  1. Excellent! Worth the wait! Happy Easter as we wait for the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary! God bless us all.

  2. Yes, an epidemic of deadly Familaris Consortio virus would solve many things, jolly good idea!

  3. Since Cp. Kirk scrapped the Prime Directive (it was too rigid), I was beamed to Deep Shit Nine, several crew members were assimilated into the Borgoglio and the senior officers' universal translator stopped working (the silence is deafening).

    They say "Resistance Is Futile" ... but it turns out that they will loose (I've seen the last episode - I have Bibleflix).

  4. This is just stellar.
    Happy Easter.

  5. Awesome! But where is Uhura? Surely some pantsuit "none" could fill the part?

    1. U'Sarah, African and with a girl's name, was the best I could do. But he (or she) jumped ship.

  6. Yes! A triumphant return after a well deserved Lenten holiday for Bruvver Eccles. Mr Tuglu, LOL!

  7. Happy Easter Bruvver...

  8. Really, really great, Eccles. Welcome back and Blessed Easter.
    The Pope as Kirk, whose middle name was Tiberius.

  9. Surely the Captain and Mr Tuglu are demonstrating the 'You are a cuckold sign' - but to whom?