A limerick about a famous modern churchman

A couple notes.

First, if your German is not up to speed, Barmherzigkeit is “mercy”.

Second, … later on.

From Ignatius His Conclave:

Said the Cardinal, “Don’t be afraid
Barmherzigheit is my trade,
In amorous dealings
Give way to your feelings;
Morality’s simply man-made.”

Fr. Z kudos.

“Ignatius”, as in the title of that blog, is not an example of modern “verbing”.  It’s a kind of genitive: the conclave of Ignatius. “Ignatius His Conclave” is a work by John Donne (+1631) in which he ridicules the Jesuits of his day.  In the work John Donne reveals how Ignatius was banished from Hell and sent to the moon where he (Jesuits) would do less harm.  No lover of Jesuits, he.

What, I wonder, would Donne have written about the likes of James Martin, 2+2=5, and Thomas Reese?

BUT WAIT!  There’s more!

This limerick seems to have been a response a request by Fr. Hunwicke:

There once was a German called Kasper
Whose theology was a disaster.
To divorcees twice wed
He reportedly said
‘I’m the world’s most merciful pastor’.

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4 Responses to A limerick about a famous modern churchman

  1. bobbird says:

    There once was a pope named Francis
    Through the Magisterium he did dances
    With a smile on his face
    He dispensed all the Grace
    That the Church could not do through the ages

  2. Bos Mutissimus says:

    Posted this on Fr. Hunwicke’s site the other day:

    There once was a Cardinal named Kasper
    Who elicited an Ecclesial gasper
    He claimed matrimony
    Was near-half baloney
    So a wife’s straying man might unclasp her

    He didn’t ask for limericks about Card. Marx, but I composed one anyway (just didn’t post it):

    The Pope from the Land of the Gaucho
    Caused the Flock to be dazed and cry, “Ouch-o!”
    The German Red Hatter
    Left his Marx on the matter
    But they couldn’t tell Reinhard from Groucho

  3. LarryW2LJ says:

    “Wink, wink, nudge, nudge Catholicism”.

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