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November 10, 2015

The Blokishness of Pope Francis

Fr Hunwicke is in good form again today:

There is evidence that Popes should not be allowed to be celibate. A campaign for Married Popes, then? Let me lay some evidence before you.

Exhibit 1: The Great Façade, which I and some of you have been reading, recounts the episode which Chris Ferrara calls “Rabbitgate“: when the Holy Father spoke thoroughly blokishly about a woman who had a lot of children.

(Do you have the term and concept of Blokishness in North America? Did Plato envisage an Idea of Blokishness? What might it be in Attic Greek? Or Spanish?)

Exhibit 2: Chris might profitably also have mentioned another hilarious example of this same tendency, when our much-loved and greatly respected Sovereign Pontiff likened Europe, to Europe’s considerable disadvantage, to an old and now infertile Grandmother. I have privately christened this glorious gaffe “Cronegate“.

Suppose it were to chance that Papa Bergoglio were to be marooned (which Heaven forbid) on a Desert Island alone with a Grandmother who had had fifteen children … gracious, how I would love to be a Fly upon the Wall.

If Pope Francis were, like myself and many of you chaps out there, to have a wife who had been a large part of his life for more than half a century, it is conceivable that he might have picked up from her, however gradually and however imperfectly, slightly more nuanced ways of doing linguistic business with the other half of the Human Race. Indeed, you might tell me that he would need to be stone deaf not to have done so.

You still don’t think he would ….. ?

You don’t think (I dutifully employ here the terminology of the Vatican I Decree Pastor Aeternus) that the Holy Spirit was promised to the Successors of Peter in order to teach them how to be polite to women?

….. No … you’re probably right … some things are just too … er … y’know …

I think the nearest Spanish equivalent to Blokishness would be machismo. But I don’t think that quite hits the spot.

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