Let's start the year as we mean to continue, with works of mercy, which include
smiting the heretic (or at least, instructing the ignorant and
admonishing the sinners).
Father John Z has
recently blogged about being blocked on Twitter by
Rosica [Rosie] and Faggioli [Beans/Mr Bean] - two people who get a lot of praise on this blog - and he has a point.
In fact, everyone on Twitter, including @pontifex, is blocked by Rosie, so Fr Z gets no points for that.
Somehow Beans hasn't yet blocked me, but then he is a man of great intellect, at least by the standard of most beans.
For me, the simplest way to find people heading for the Lake of Fire is to see
who blocks me on Twitter. So let's start with the most Eminent, and work downwards.
Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier came out well during the 2015 Synod on the Family, signing a letter complaining about the absurd way it was run.
However, he later backed down, and became an uncritical fan of Amoris Laetitia, even though it contains some
distinctly dodgy passages.
In fact, he turned into a combination of Candide and Polynanna, tweeting random phrases from the
dreaded AL. "Love is never having to say you're sorry." "Love is like a tin of sardines, we're all looking for the key."
"Some people claim that marriage interferes with romance. There's no doubt about it. Anytime you have a romance, your wife is bound to interfere."
That sort of thing.
Several people asked him questions, in particular, about why heretical interpretations were being put forward, and not contradicted by the Vatican.
For a while he blustered and flustered, but anyway in the end he gave up trying to answer questions and blocked poor Eccles, who only
wanted to learn from the master.
It's a pity that he's destined for the Lake of Fire, as sometimes he said what more cardinals should be saying.
We move on to the Bishop of Lancaster, Michael Gregory Campbell OSA. A man who nearly made it into the top flight
of English bishops (along with Egan, Davies, Hopes, and one or two more), he has done some very good things: for example,
speaking out against abortion, and telling ACTA to go boil their heads. We haven't seen much of ACTA lately, but
maybe that is because they have already won (Vincent Nichols seems to like them), or maybe it is because they were banished
to Gehenna by Michael Campbell. I don't know.
Unfortunately, the Diocese of Lancaster website, and so, by association, the bishop, blocked me on Twitter, probably because
I criticised the big mistake of Mike's reign at Lancaster. Remember? He suppressed the Protect the Pope blog.
Why did he do it? Well the story is that various people were very upset by it (I don't think Tina Beattie was a fan), and somehow
Vinnie Nichols, in one of his first moves as Cardinal, decided to lean on Mike. A sad case.
Tea and sympathy for the bishop.
I still read the bishop's blog, and it used to contain a regular "Here I am having tea with nuns" picture. However, once I pointed
this out, the pictures stopped appearing. I hope that Mike is still getting lots of tea from nuns, even if he is too bashful to admit it.
Going down the food chain, we come to mere priests like Rosie and Jim (Rosica and Martin), Spider (Spadaro),
and lesser forms of life such as Austen Ivereigh (the Voice of Catholicism), plus comedy vicars like
"Rev" Kate Bottley, and professional atheists such as Owen Jones, Stephen Fry, and Richard Dawkins.
These people are already in the world to get as much publicity for themselves as possible, despite their incredibly limited talents, so let's not discuss them.
But there is a surprise in the tail!
Could Spadaro be saved after all?
As a unique act of MercyTM, Fr Antonio Spadaro has recently unblocked me, along with a whole swathe of other saved persons.
My own cynical theory is that he suspects that one of us is the great Marcantonio Colonna, author of The Dictator Pope, and
he is watching us carefully to see who it is.
I admit nothing.
Anyway, everyone knows that MC is really Fr Zuhlsdorf...