Nursery Rhymes Gone Bad

Oh, my ever loving goodness. (Yeah, that’s about as strong as my language gets.) People are being massacred around the world and an archbishop of the Church comes up with this? The entire Vatican staff needs some serious soundbite coaching! It’s just one bad soundbite after another.

In reference to Canon 1370, which imposes automatic excommunication for “physical violence” against the Roman Pontiff, Archbishop Fisichella said: “I would say that we need to understand well ‘physical violence,’ because sometimes words, too, are rocks and stones, and therefore I believe some of these sins, too, are far more widespread than we might think.”

Clearly, nursery rhymes in English don’t translate well. It goes like this Archbishop: Stick and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.

No, words are not physical violence, Archbishop. Worst. Comparison. Ever. And we’ve already been subjected to a barrage of whiny college kids who are crying about safe spaces, so that’ s saying something! Words might be hurtful. Words might be wrong. Words might be annoying, but they do not equate with physical violence against the Pope.

There are definitely some members of the clergy who need to come down from their “safe spaces” and man up! I live in a country that’s become the nation of the offended. I don’t need my Church to follow suit. You are the ones who need to “understand well ‘physical violence.’”

So, for goodness sake, please think about the fact there are actual people who want to do physical violence against the Holy Father!!! There are actual people who were killed by the same ilk in the past week, and we are a state in mourning. Talk about people who should be offended! Have we even heard one mention from the Vatican on San Bernardino? Nope, but we got a fancy light show. You trying telling their families that words are equal to physical violence. It’s no wonder we’re in the blooming mess we’re in. We’re not paying attention to the wolf at the door (or the one who’s already entered the house). The media is going to ignore atrocities around the world and spend time spinning the ones people aren’t ignoring. It would seem that the Church needs to focus like a laser on people being massacred and not on a Disney-esque light show. It kind of downplays the tragedies of our days.  People are being martyred.

Now, I’m guessing it’s a soundbite error, and it will probably be walked back, but it’s getting weary hearing correction after correction after correction. Speak like people are listening, because they are.


5 thoughts on “Nursery Rhymes Gone Bad

  1. For a sane perspective on the battle of words, you might want to read what Dr. Peters has to say at In Light of the Law: His words are usually wise and knowing what he does, his perspective is valuable and practical. There will be those who distort the Archbishop’s words to attempt to cow into silence those who take Pope Francis to task for his many slips of the tongue carelessly rendered to the rest of us by an impassioned press eager to disseminate further distortions so as to panic the not-so-well-informed laity. Yeah. The message gets messier. God bless. Ginnyfree.

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  2. Sticks and Stones obviously will break your bones but words will NEVER hurt you. Ironic this fellow, AB Martin and McKeown of Ireland have Nothing to say about apostates like Radcliffe or Irish SSM laws targeting faith institutions in Ireland let alone Francis threaten ANYONE Excommunication or otherwise for promoting SSM agenda at family Synod or in Ireland for instance. Shame on Fiscilella and SHAME on Francis for allowing these apostates Weurl Kasper, Daneels and Radcliffe etc. to run loose and at the mouth in the Catholic faith.

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  3. Hello One Mad Mom,

    I really enjoy your blog posts! Your honesty and straight shooting is wonderful.

    The two articles linked below, I think, give a god long view perspective. Popes come and go but the Church remains. God will not be mocked. We must remain in the Truth of Christ because He is faithful to His promises so we must be faithful to Him.

    De Mattei – The Sack of Rome: a merciful chastisement

    Church Reform: An Endless Task

    I am just about done reading the Book of Gomorrah and I definitely recommend it. Thank you for highlighting the Language of Dissent I purchased it immediately after your recommendation.

    Take care and God bless,
    Inocencio Rangel

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    1. Thanks so much for the links and your comments. I just said something very similar! I hope you like the Language of Dissent as much as the rest of us. It’s a nice fingertip reference book!


    2. Thank you, Mr. Inocencio, for purchasing our book. We really appreciate it. :^)

      As I told Miss Ginny on a previous thread, I hope by you are edified by what you read.

      God bless you, sir.
      Catechist Kev

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