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Greetings, my fellow port swillers!

First, I’m happy to report that both Elder Gels made it safely back to school today.  I was especially worried about Eldest since she was by herself and headed for central North Carolina where there’s still plenty of weather to deal with, but she had no trouble.  I don’t know if my invoking St. Christopher had anything to do with it, but it surely didn’t hurt.

A friend with whom I was chatting before Mass today referred to Francis as “a lame-duck Pope”.  I think that’s about right: Especially after he lashed out at those of us genuinely outraged and horror-struck this week, I can’t say that I have any real respect left for him outside that mandated by the rank he holds.  Thank Heaven I live in a really strong diocese with good men and women in charge, and that my own Padre is a truly holy man.

On a different note, you will probably recall the passage in the NT in which Jesus scolds the Pharisees about their hypocrisy, saying any one of them would pull an ox out of a pit if it fell in on the Sabbath?  Well, Ol’ Robbo was thinking of that this afternoon as I scrubbed out my kitchen garbage can that had somehow got covered in both sticky foodstuffs AND ants.  I’m sure He would understand.

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