Wednesday, April 20, 2005

I heart Fadda Frank

From today's Providence Journal:

"At St. Francis Chapel & City Ministry in downtown Providence, the Rev. Frank Sevola let his lunch go cold and stood by the TV with his arms crossed.

Father Sevola, 45, watched on TV the balcony at St. Peter's Basilica, where by tradition, a cardinal deacon would appear to announce the new pope. Other priests and chapel workers stood behind sofas, clutching the cushions. 'Oh, somebody's peeking out!' someone said.

'The curtains are moving!' Father Sevola agreed.

'Here we go, here we go,' he said.

'Come on,' Father Sevola urged the TV. 'Who is he?'

On TV, the name of the next pope eked out, exasperatingly slow. 'Josef. . .'

'Oh, yes!' someone in the room said.

'Oh, no!' said Father Sevola.

'Ratzinger. . .' the TV intoned.

Father Sevola grabbed his head. 'I can't believe it.'
Some at this inner-city church, whose mission is to serve the impoverished, had been hoping the next pope would come from a Third World country. Father Sevola said he was simply hoping for a new 'spin on the leadership.' Cardinal Ratzinger, he noted, had been an enforcer of church orthodoxy. 'I was hoping for a more pastoral guy. He's not known as real pastoral.'"

My first thought was that this will probably put Frank in hot water with Bennie 16, who would no doubt be able to refer the Fadda to volumes of church teachings that caution against referring to His Holiness as a "guy." But I suspect that the new Pope, that humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord, has already written off this part of the farm as too far gone for salvation.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

But will Bennie send a Christmas card to John Kerry?

12:56 PM  
Blogger Dr. Bloor said...

Nah--too pastoral. Think "horse's head between the sheets."

4:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't think that Frankie will get a Christmas card from the "guy" in Rome either!

9:24 AM  

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