Greetings, my fellow port swillers!

As I mentioned last week, in light of the current sex scandal rocking Holy Mother Church, my padre recommended reading St. Peter Damien’s The Book of Gomorrah, which railed against the same sort of goings on back in the 11th Century.  Per Father’s suggestion, I ordered it this week and read it this afternoon.

All I can say is that’ll bring your post-Mass bagel and cream-cheese back up in a hurry.  (It’s short, to the point, and quite graphic.  On the other hand, it is very clear in its spirit of hating the sin but loving the sinner.)

Yes, as Mark Twain apparently did not say, history doesn’t repeat itself, but it certainly rhymes.

Unfortunately, Peter D addressed his complaint to Pope St. Leo IX, who brought the hammer down forthwith.  I somehow don’t think Papa Frankie has the same backswing and follow-through.

On the other hand, my old friend Father M reminded me the other day of an old adage that “a fat Pope follows a thin Pope.”  That is, the College of Cardinals, when selecting a successor, will seek to compensate for a perceived deficiency in the predecessor.  I think it’s pretty well established by now that Frankie is more interested in mucking about with Liberation Theology and trendy environmentalism than in pushing the “Smite” button when it comes to cleaning out Vatican corruption and vice.

So when it comes to his successor? Cardinal Sarah for the win!!