This is me, Eccles

This is me, Eccles
This is me, Eccles

Saturday, 30 January 2021

Even Pope Francis can't answer this!

Here is today's brain teaser:

How can one explain to children that - for example - their mother, abandoned by their father and often not willing to establish another marriage bond, receives the Sunday Eucharist with them, while their father, cohabiting or awaiting the declaration of the nullity of the marriage, cannot participate in the Eucharistic table?

Golly, that's a head-scratcher, isn't it? Why, even Pope Francis can't answer that.

Pope Francis puzzled


I put this knotty question to my catechism class ("Let Eccles help you stay saved") and one of my star pupils, Ray Burke (age 6) responded:

"Please, sir! I know. The mother hasn't done anythng wrong, and being a Catholic (we assume) she believes that marriage is for life; on the other hand the father is living in a sin with no intention of repenting. So he will be unsaved if he takes communion."

Of course the right answer couldn't be that simple, as I told the cheeky boy:

"Raymond! Haven't you read Amoris Laetitia? This supersedes anything you may have seen in the Bible! Look here, on this page - no, not that one, it's all about sharing in the household chores, such as power-hosing the television, throwing the cat out of the window, or bathing the hamster.

Anyway, I can't find it at the moment - it may be in a foot-foot-foot-note printed in 2pt type - but I'm fairly sure it says we mustn't judge people, there is no such thing as good and evil, let us accompany the sinner on his journey of reconciliation. No that doesn't mean we have to sin as well, Walter! Now, try and be merciful!"

Ray and Walter are very keen children. They wrote a letter to Pope Francis with some questions about Amoris Laetitia, but the reply must have got lost in the post.

Letters to Pope Francis

Unfortunately Ray and Walter's letter wasn't included.

In other news, there is hope for Cardinal Zen, as Pope Francis has finally agreed to receive a cardinal from a country with a despotic ruler who encourages massacres of the innocent. No, not China.

Cupich and Pope Francis

"You did it, Blase! You got Joe elected! Well done!"


  1. I discovered recently that a good way to avoid antagonising either traddies or libtards is to say that the true pope is Pope Martin V. Nobody knows who is, and even those few Catholics who can use the Internet - outside of rad trad or libtardstalinist blogs - have no idea what the point is when they read about the Council of Pisa. Perfect joy, brother!

    1. Pope Martin V is one of my favourite Popes.

  2. lol Eccles. You reminded me that when my niece got phone calls she didn't want to take she told her kids to say she was brushing the cat's teeth.
    I prefer American Pope Michael. I don't know why he didn't get more traction. Everything he said sounded a lot more Catholic than anything Jorge said at any point.

  3. my vote goes to Pope Michale I too !!!
    lets campaing for him !!!
    with a little luck, we could disband those pesky romans!

  4. Hiding in plain sight to give marital fidelity the boot:

    Devil's in the details of a foot, foot, foot Tiny Toe-note.

  5. What is this website? Some sarcasm at the church and some of her leaders may be healthy when speaking privately to oneor a few, but publishing it on blogs or whatever this is, really, this is all you have to do?

    1. It's an old British custome, a way of dealing with dark days, we laugh at it. No one is obliged to read a blog, freedom of choice is still on the books.