Tuesday 27th Feb
One ought to get to weekday Mass a bit more often in Lent....and I'm obviously not the only local person who feels this, because when I arrived this morning the church was almost full. I propped up my bike as usual precariously against the wall but won't have to do this much longer......We had a v. impressive new parish centre built recently, with a (rather good) bookshop and a big meeting-hall etc....today workmen were busy on a crucial addition: a proper place for parking bicycles alongside the church. There have been some bike-slots there for years and years, but they were all overgrown and also blocked off by a low wall which had evidently been put there some years after they were created. A proper place to park will be a boon.
John Pridmore is speaking at the parish mission this Friday. He's a former East End gangster - I've heard him speak before and he is well worth hearing.
GET ON WITH WORK!!
Idly tapping in "Pope Catholic" to the Internet to check on a current news story, I found that the second item listed was about the return of Pope John Paul....yes, that's right. A loopy group which thinks that the End Is Nigh has decided that he's the Antichrist and will be Coming Back Shortly, and to prove it here's a picture of him with some Muslims showing that he aims to be ruler of all religions...and here's a map of Rome showing there are Seven Hills and that all Fits In with the Bible because...um...er....whore of Babylon and all that, and serpents, and things.....oh, and the Lateran Treaty came into it somewhere, and the hugeness of the Papal funeral in April '05 which was the biggest such event the world has ever seen.
This sort of thing is also sometimes quoted by daft Catholics-who've-lost-the-plot and who are into things like the Coming Great Chastisement and the Pope Isn't Really the True Pope and so on and so on and so on....(I was sent literature about this throughout the 1980s, predicting something Awful would happen in 1991....make that 1997....no, um, 2000....). And do you remember the people who for years had a thing going about the Real Pope Paul VI being locked in a Vatican dungeon while a pretend one presided at St Peter's, and you could tell because of his plastic ears?
One should stop wasting time and get on with work.