Getting ready for the FLOOD in Blackfen (“fen” means “swamp”, right?)

Typical Sunday at mighty Blackfen where His Hermeneuticalness, Fr. Tim Finigan, with the help of Mulier Fortis, are getting ready for the flood.

Go see the video.

[NB: fire existinguisher in the background… pretty dangerous in Blackfen… or fun!]



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  1. benedetta says:

    Excellent post about a happy and busy parish!

  2. Phil_NL says:

    Well, ironically – and purely coincidental, now doubt – I’m looking for a life-jacket as well now. Preferably one that says ‘Popes don’t resign’…..

    (For those not yet aware of the shocking news: see )

  3. Eriugena says:

    Am just hearing this TERRIBLE news from the Italian Press Agency…

  4. pelerin says:

    This news is so shocking – I do so hope it is not true.

  5. Eriugena says:

    All the Italian newspapers are reporting it. I’m going to go and see what’s happening on the TV.

  6. JamesM says:

    Fire extinguisher on the wall? Why isn’t it being used?

    If Fr. Tim not familiar with the expression “do the red”?

  7. Eriugena says:

    Fr. Lombardi is saying that as today was a Feast in the Vatican there are very few people available to comment on this unexpected event.

  8. Eriugena says:

    (Vatican Radio are playing Brazilian music!)

  9. pmullane says:

    God Bless Pope Benedict, prayers for him and for our Holy Mother the Church. This must be a very worrying and distressful time for a him, a Holy and Gentle man.

    Full in the panting heart of Rome,
    Beneath th’apostle’s crowning dome,
    From pilgrims’ lips that kiss the ground,
    Breathes in all tongues only one sound:

    ‘God bless our Pope, God bless our Pope,
    God bless our Pope, the great, the good.’

    The golden roof, the marble walls,
    The Vatican’s majestic halls,
    The note redouble, till it fills
    With echoes sweet the seven hills:[Refrain]

    Then surging through each hallowed gate,
    Where martyrs glory, in peace, await,
    It sweeps beyond the solemn plain,
    Peals over Alps, across the main:[Refrain]

    From torrid south to frozen north,
    That wave harmonious stretches forth,
    Yet strikes no chord more true to Rome’s,
    Than rings within our hearts and homes

  10. Andkaras says:

    Devastating if true. God have mercy on us ,we have driven a holy man out of office.

  11. tecumseh says:

    Hail Mary

  12. alexandra88 says:

    Yes, it is true. BBC has good coverage

    No one has driven anyone out of office, the Holy Father has cited his age and declining health that has occured in the past few months. God bless Benedict XVI.

  13. Lucas says:

    Am I the only one checking WDTPRS constantly to see Fr z’s thoughts?

    Awful news, but I almost think its better than having another JPII(not that he was a bad pope or anything

  14. Eriugena says:

    Here’s a link to the mp3 recorded and made available by Vatican Radio:

  15. Venerator Sti Lot says:

    When he says (as quoted in the BBC news item) “both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognise my incapacity to adequately fulfil the ministry entrusted to me” this could be gently preparing for more saddening news – but need not: let us hope that, his body less taxed, it may sustain him in long continuing to exercise his evident strength of mind with a prudent discretion beyond what his Pontifical responsibilities allow.

  16. Venerator Sti Lot says:

    For the sake of thoroughness and convenience, here is the English translation of the Latin announcement Eriugena links:

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