ROME DAY 17: Che Guevara, Baby Socks and Clam Sand




The madness of the Amazon “walking together” Synod continues.   Outside the unofficial church of the squatting amazonians and their accomplices this woman was holding forth to Swiss TV.  Note the shirt.

Inside (there is a video) a group was having what I understand was a regular meeting, in the pews, during the recitation of the rosary going on in the church!  A woman, bless her, told them to shut up or get out.  They went out.

See?  It can be done.

Nut jobs.

I might be getting these for the BLACK set, almost read and Gammarelli.

A little church which I haven’t seen open in… whew… a long time.


A famous fountain, of the Orsini’s.

Guys playing check under the big fig tree.

Gammarelli, baby monsignor and cardinal socks and miniature biretta.

The once bank of the Holy Spirit.  FDIC?

And nearby a plaque in honor of Benvenuto Cellini, whom I mentioned the other day.

Just a couple shots at a great corner.

This is the boarder of Ponte and Regola.  Don’t liter here.

Why you soak clams for hours in salt water.

Yes, it was so good last time, that I did it this Friday.

COLD REPORT: Slight cough.

Today I had a great walk in the Vatican Gardens with friends.  We did NOT run into Benedict XVI but we stood in prayer by his place.

Also, it may have happened that a certain priest privately read in Latin Ch. 3 of a certain Title in the Rituale Romanum while standing at the place where a certain pagan ceremony was conducted with a tree planting.   It may have happened that a certain priest was stung by a bee while reading it, but without any ill effects.  That’s all hypothetical, of course.

More tomorrow.

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  1. UncleBlobb says:

    In case I don’t make it to the new blog land, or I can’t comment there for a while…
    God bless you, Father Z! Thank you so much! Laudetur Jesus Christus!

  2. Kathleen10 says:

    Yes God bless you and keep you as you suffer the stings and arrows….oh never mind….
    God bless whoever did it.
    The photos are gorgeous, love the men playing checkers.

  3. OBLATEBEDE says:

    Chess under a fig tree in Rome sounds perfect.

  4. Philmont237 says:

    Did this priest (let’s call him Fr. Boniface) also hypothetically spill a bottle of roundup on said tree that might be a demonic throne?

  5. Kevin says:

    God Bless you Fr. Z.

    Christus Vincit

  6. Suburbanbanshee says:

    Demons are sometimes described as being like biting flies or wasps. Not usually bees, but maybe this was drone warfare.

    Anyway, a good thing to have done; and whatever other priests might feel like doing the same or have already done (including anybody with proper authorization to bring out super-big guns), better safe than sorry.

    But given that St. Athanasius apparently thought that just saying Jesus’ name or making the Sign of the Cross was enough to wreak havoc among demons well-ensconced in pagan temples, I’m pretty sure that any decent Christian prayers whatsoever are capable of doing a lot.

    But when it comes to prayer and blessings, there is no overkill!

  7. PaulusFranciscus says:

    Should a priest have performed the work you described in your second-to-last paragraph, I would say he should have the gratitude of a great many of the faithful, since he would have performed an invaluable service for them.

    May the Lord bless and protect such a priest.

  8. Gregg the Obscure says:

    there are bees in the Exsultet too, so maybe this was a harbringer of resurrection

  9. mysticalrose says:

    Thank God for you, Father.

  10. Suburbanbanshee says:


  11. Gab says:

    Much gratitude to that hypothetical priest in the Vatican Gardens. May he soon visit St Peter’s Basilica as well, And may God bless him and the Virgin protect him.

  12. MitisVis says:

    Is that woman flapping her arms? Perhaps she is attempting to to fly in whatever spirit these knuckleheads have conjured up…
    If, hypothetically, some priest was to do such a suggestion, it may be considered by some to be a possible beginning for REPARATION which may be called for.

  13. The Egyptian says:

    Link to video please, would love to see the look on their faces
    blog looks good, hope it works as good as it looks and loads

  14. Sid Cundiff in NC says:

    What is the name of the little church which hadn’t been open for a long time?

  15. jaykay says:

    Sid Cundiff: it would be lovely to know. What a beautiful little Church. There seems to be a Benedictine connection, as the inscription above the Altar reads: “Felix Nursia”, the picture depicts religious in black habits and the round plaque above the front door has a dedication to Saints Benedict and Scholastica, 1619.

  16. jaykay says:

    Ok, overcoming my habitual laziness I did a Google. It’s the Church of Saints Benedict and Scholastica “all’Argentina”, Via di Torre Argentina. Ecco:

    (And the inscription is genitive, “Nursiae”).

  17. Marius2k4 says:

    Stung? Pachamama, don’t bee like that.

  18. The Cobbler says:

    Che always reminds me of egotistical failed revolutionaries and guilty rich white kids:

  19. Hidden One says:

    Might a certain priest have blessed the bees after that sting, and prayed for them that persecuted him?

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