Head for the hills!

I am off for a brief gita to the castelli romani today… [cue music here.... (the Romans who read this will know what I am talking about)].  I have a meeting to attend in Velletri (the titular suburbicarian diocese of His Eminence Cardinal Arinze), followed by lunch, and then my return to the City. 

There might actually be some sun today.

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24 Responses to Head for the hills!

  1. csalvucci says:

    Ahh…I’m already hearing mandolins and Claudio Villa! :)

    Guarda che sole ch’è sortito, Nannì
    che profumo de viole, de garofoli e panzè,
    com’è tutto ‘n paradiso, li Castelli so’ così.
    Guarda Frascati ch’è tutto un soriso,
    ‘na delizia, ‘n’amore, ‘na bellezza da incantà.

  2. Jon says:

    Father,

    While you’re out there, check to see if your spies have deserted the City for a little wine and cheese R&R. We’re hungry for some NEWS back here ;)

  3. Antonius says:

    Oh, that’s quite allright, Father. We know you will provide us with some marvellous panorama shots from the recreational trip. :)

  4. Paul says:

    Have a glorious day, Father!

  5. Jon says:

    Father,

    It’s 5:10pm Rome time. Even an Italian lunch must be over by now (I think). I’m wondering if you could do a favor?

    On the Vatican website there’s an intriguing something:

    BULLETIN UNDER EMBARGO

    The Holy See Press Office Bulletin distributed under embargo will be found in this section. Access is allowed to those journalists accredited to the Holy See Press Office, having in possession a valid and unexpired accreditation badge.

    Now that’s cryptic…and as you are one of the favored few with a “badge,” could you just take a wee peek?

    Obliged!

  6. Jon: When something is under embargo, journalists with access can’t publish what is there until the moment it is either pronounced or released.

  7. Father V. says:

    Regarding the embargo, is their a date or time published when the embargo is to be lifted?

  8. Argent says:

    Isnt’ that notice always up, though? I see it there everyday.

  9. Father V: The embargo is lifted at the moment a text is either pronounced or released. The embargo area permits the journalists to see texts ahead of time in order to prepare their coverage. However, there are times when the Holy Father (or others) depart from the prepared texts and say something different. This is why there an embargo until texts are pronounced or released. They must be compared to the texts as actually pronounced.

  10. Brian Day says:

    Argent: Isnt’ that notice always up, though? I see it there everyday.

    I took a look at the website. It looks like it is a permanent part of the page. Of course it could be that the linked page is empty!

  11. Jon says:

    Thanks for clarifying, Father. Hope is a virtue!

  12. Henry Edwards says:

    Isn’t everyone here missing the main point? That the particular bulletin we’re all interested in is, in fact, embargoed (somewhere). Let’s just hope it’s not in limbo.

  13. RBrown says:

    Isn’t everyone here missing the main point? That the particular bulletin we’re all interested in is, in fact, embargoed (somewhere). Let’s just hope it’s not in limbo.
    Comment by Henry Edwards

    I don’t know that any document is under embargo, just that there is a link that has been there as long as I can remember.

    If there is a document under embargo, I don’t know whether it’s the MP–not to mention the fact that it’s not the only document of interest to me.

  14. Henry Edwards says:

    RBrown,

    I don’t know that any document is under embargo …

    I do.

    em-bar-go STOPPAGE, IMPEDIMENT; esp. PROHIBITION

    When hung up on technical jargon, staring at links on computer screens, a good English dictionary and a breath of fresh air can do wonders. Both highly recommended.

  15. Henry Edwards says:

    I see that Webster’s quote notation deletes the quote and turns on italics. Curious, these computer screens we stare at.

    em-bar-go, STOPPAGE, IMPEDIMENT; esp. PROHIBITION (I lay no ~ on anybody’s words -Jane Austen.)

    Let’s hope the embargo we’re all thinking about is not a permanent assignment to oblivion.

    In every recent issue, Inside the Vatican has mentioned prominently the document we all thinking about. Until the current January 2007 issue, that is. In which the “What’s on Pope Benedict’s Agenda for 2007?” article makes no mention of the document we’r all thinking about, saying only:

    “Between January and March 2007, two important papal texts will be published. The first will be Benedict XVI’s document (apostolic exhortation) on the Eucharist, which will present his synthesis of the conclusions of the October 2005 World Synod of Bishops. The second publication, a more personal theological and spiritual work that is destined to be a best-seller, is the first book of a two-volume work on Jesus of Nazareth.”

    Hmm …

  16. Henry Edwards says:

    And now we turn off the bold face. Skeesh!

  17. Argent says:

    Who’s our resident hymn writer? May I request one for Come, Thou Long-expected Indult?

    Come, thou long-expected indult,
    Come to set the old mass free;
    From abuses to release us
    Let us put our hope in thee.

    Okay, y’all jump in. (PS. I’ll take it with either Hyfrydol or Stuttgart hymn tunes).

    I know we have the Battle Hymn of the Tridentine. But it’s always nice to have an extra hymn in the arsenal.

  18. RBrown says:

    I don’t know that any document is under embargo

    I do.
    em-bar-go STOPPAGE, IMPEDIMENT; esp. PROHIBITION
    Comment by Henry Edwards

    As I noted above, that link is always there.

    In every recent issue, Inside the Vatican has mentioned prominently the document we all thinking about. Until the current January 2007 issue, that is. In which the “What’s on Pope Benedict’s Agenda for 2007?” article makes no mention of the document we’r all thinking about, saying only:

    What do you mean We, Kemosabe? How do you know what’s on everyone’s mind?

  19. Henry Edwards says:

    RBrown: As I noted above, that link is always there … what’s on everyone’s mind?

    Here’s a clue. This link you refer to, whatever it is, on some web page I haven’t seen, probably has nothing to do with what we’re all thinking about. Keep working on it.

  20. RBrown says:

    bHere’s a clue. This link you refer to, whatever it is, on some web page I haven’t seen, probably has nothing to do with what we’re all thinking about. Keep working on it.
    Comment by Henry Edwards

    Huh?

    First, you refer to the embargo, whose relation to this topic was raised with reference to the Vatican Web Site. Now you say it has nothing to do the Vatican Web Site.

    And for some unknown reason you continue to consider yourself the spokesman for everyone here by using the first person plural.

  21. Jordan Potter says:

    “First, you refer to the embargo, whose relation to this topic was raised with reference to the Vatican Web Site. Now you say it has nothing to do the Vatican Web Site. And for some unknown reason you continue to consider yourself the spokesman for everyone here by using the first person plural.”

    Oh come on, RBrown, do you *really* not know he’s referring to the Motu Proprio?

  22. RBrown says:

    Oh come on, RBrown, do you really not know he’s referring to the Motu Proprio?
    Comment by Jordan Potter

    Of course, he’s referring to it, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that:

    1. It’s under embargo

    and

    2. There’s not another forthcoming document that interests me as much.

    During my eight years in Rome documents were almost always preceded by talk that their promulgation was imminent. But such imminence was often delayed due to re-writes. Veritatis Splendor was supposed to be due out soon–but then it was sent to Switzerland for revision. And there was a document on the necessity of the study of philosophy (to be followed by restoration of the philosophy programs in seminaries) that was first delayed, then tabled (due to disagreements over the importance of phenomenology), and finally released some years later as Fides et Ratio, for which no implementation would seem to follow.

    The promulgation of these documents always happened “subito”, just as St Peter’s bells were rung “subito” after the white smoke appeared.

  23. Jordan Potter says:

    RBrown said: “Of course, he’s referring to it, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that: 1. It’s under embargo”

    Well, he said he doesn’t think it is under embargo, so I don’t know why you seem to be disagreeing with him.

    “and 2. There’s not another forthcoming document that interests me as much.”

    But still it was clear to you, and I think pretty much everyone here, what he was referring to.

  24. RBrown says:

    Well, he said he doesn’t think it is under embargo.

    It depends which of his comments you read.

    But still it was clear to you, and I think pretty much everyone here, what he was referring to.

    Already answered.